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SB-963 Water replenishment districts.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/18/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 04, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 963


Introduced by Senator Allen

January 31, 2018


An act to amend Sections 60292 and 60315 of, and to repeal Sections 60290, 60291, and 60328.1 of, the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 963, as amended, Allen. Water replenishment districts.
Existing law authorizes a water replenishment district, for the purposes of replenishing the groundwater supplies within the district, to buy and sell water; exchange water; distribute water to persons in exchange for ceasing or reducing groundwater extractions; spread, sink, and inject water into the underground; store, transport, recapture, recycle, purify, treat, or otherwise manage and control water for the beneficial use of persons or property within the district; and build the necessary works to achieve groundwater replenishment.
Existing law authorizes a water replenishment district to establish an annual reserve fund not to exceed $10,000,000, as adjusted annually to reflect percentage increases or decreases in the blended cost of water from district supply sources and, beginning in the 2019–20 fiscal year, requires a minimum of 80% of the reserve to be used for water purchases. Existing law excepts from this limitation the unexpended balance of any appropriated funds in a capital improvement project construction account established to pay the cost of a project or projects under construction.
This bill would repeal this reserve fund authorization and would make conforming changes.
Existing law requires a water replenishment district to order, review, and maintain on file an independent, audited financial statement not later than 60 days from the conclusion of the district’s fiscal year and require copies of the statements to be submitted to the Governor, the Legislature, and the California State Auditor on or before November 1 of each year. Existing law requires that the independent audited financial statement be consistent with the standards provided in the Standards for Audit of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities, and Functions prepared by the Comptroller General of the United States and that it include specified information.
This bill would instead require the district to order, review, and maintain the statement not later than 180 days from the conclusion of the district’s fiscal year and would require the statement to be consistent with the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office. The bill would also revise the required contents of the statement, require that copies of the statement, as described, be submitted to specified committees of the Legislature instead of the Legislature generally, and require that all copies submitted to the Governor, the California State Auditor, and the legislative committees be submitted on or before December 31 of each year. The bill would require the district to provide, in addition to the statement, information on expenditures relating to capital improvement projects planned to be undertaken by the district.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 60290 of the Water Code is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 60291 of the Water Code is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 60292 of the Water Code is amended to read:

60292.
 (a) The district shall order, review, and maintain on file an independent, audited financial statement not later than 180 days from the conclusion of the district’s fiscal year. The independent audited financial statement shall be prepared by a certified public accountant or a public accountant, licensed by the California Board of Accountancy. The independent audited financial statement shall be consistent with standards provided in the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office.
(b) Copies of the independent audited financial statement shall be submitted to the Governor, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance or its successor, the Assembly Committee on Local Government or its successor, and the California State Auditor on or before December 31 of each year.
(1) Copies of the independent audited financial statement shall include, regardless of whether the State Auditor certified public accountant or public accountant reports separately, including separate reports bound in the same document, any finding or findings involving deficiencies in internal control, fraud, noncompliance with provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements, and abuse. The district shall include its written comments in response to findings that provide the perspectives of the responsible officials of the district and the corrective actions they plan to take.
(2) In addition to copies of the independent audited financial statement, the district shall also provide information on expenditures relating to capital improvement projects planned to be undertaken by the district.

SEC. 4.

 Section 60315 of the Water Code is amended to read:

60315.
 Upon completing the hearing, but no later than the second Tuesday in May, the board shall, by resolution, find all of the following:
(a) The annual overdraft for the preceding water year.
(b) The estimated annual overdraft for the current water year.
(c) The estimated annual overdraft for the ensuing water year.
(d) The accumulated overdraft as of the last day of the preceding water year.
(e) The estimated accumulated overdraft as of the last day of the current water year.
(f) The total production of groundwater from the groundwater supplies within the district during the preceding water year.
(g) The estimated total production of groundwater from the groundwater supplies within the district for the current water year.
(h) The estimated total production of groundwater from the groundwater supplies within the district for the ensuing water year.
(i) The changes during the preceding water year in the pressure levels or piezometric heights of the groundwater contained within pressure-level areas of the district, and the effects thereof upon the groundwater supplies within the district.
(j) The estimated changes during the current water year in the pressure levels or piezometric heights of the groundwater contained within pressure-level areas of the district, and the estimated effects thereof upon the groundwater supplies within the district.
(k) The quantity of water that should be purchased for the replenishment of the groundwater supplies of the district during the ensuing water year.
(l) The source and estimated cost of water available for the replenishment.
(m) The estimated costs of replenishing the groundwater supplies with the water so purchased.
(n) The estimated costs of purchasing, in water years succeeding the ensuing water year, that portion of the quantity of water which should be purchased for the replenishment of the groundwater supplies of the district during the ensuing water year, but which is estimated to be unavailable for purchase during the ensuing water year; estimated costs shall be based on the estimated price of water for replenishment purposes during the ensuing water year.
(o) The estimated rate of the replenishment assessment required to be levied upon the production of groundwater from the groundwater supplies within the district during the ensuing fiscal year for the purposes of accomplishing the replenishment and providing a reserve fund to purchase in future years, when available, that portion of the quantity of water which should be purchased for the replenishment of the groundwater supplies of the district during the ensuing water year, but which is estimated to be unavailable for purchase during that ensuing water year.
(p) Whether any contaminants should be removed from groundwater supplies during the ensuing fiscal year, and whether any other actions under Section 60224 should be undertaken during the ensuing fiscal year, the estimated costs thereof, and the estimated additional rate of replenishment assessment required to be levied upon the production of groundwater from the groundwater supplies within the district during the ensuing fiscal year for those purposes.
(q) Whether any program for removal of contaminants or other actions under Section 60224 should be a multiyear program or is a continuation of a previously authorized multiyear program.

SEC. 5.

 Section 60328.1 of the Water Code is repealed.