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TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 - 57607]

  ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

DIVISION 1. CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 52203]

  ( Division 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 51298.5]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

CHAPTER 2. Public Property [50300 - 50574]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

ARTICLE 9. Sale of Improvements Financed by Special Assessments [50550 - 50564]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923. )

50550.
  

As used in this article, “improvements” means any or all of the following property acquired, constructed or installed by a local agency with funds derived from special assessments under the Improvement Act of 1911 (Division 7 (commencing at Section 5000), Streets and Highways Code) or any other law:

(a) Water mains, pipes, conduits, hydrants and other works or appliances which may be used for providing water service.

(b) Poles, posts, lines, pipes, conduits, lamps, and other works or appliances which may be used for providing electricity and electric service.

(c) Mains, pipes and other works and appliances which may be used for providing gas service.

(d) Poles, posts, lines, pipes, conduits, and other works or appliances for the purpose of supplying telephone or other communications.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 502.)

50551.
  

Whenever the legislative body of a local agency determines by resolution that certain of its improvements are no longer useful for the purpose for which they were acquired, constructed or installed, or that such improvements cannot be economically and efficiently operated and maintained by the local agency, such improvements may be sold pursuant to this article.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50552.
  

The legislative body shall adopt a resolution of intention, describing the improvements and stating the reason for which the improvement is proposed to be sold. The resolution shall contain a notice of the time and place, when and where persons objecting to the proposed sale may appear before the legislative body and show cause why the proposed sale shall not be made. The time shall not be less than 15, nor more than 40, days after the passage of the resolution.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50553.
  

The clerk of the legislative body shall cause the resolution of intention to be published once a week for two successive weeks in a daily, semiweekly or weekly newspaper of general circulation in the local agency.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50554.
  

At the time and place fixed in the resolution of intention, any owner of property assessed or being assessed to pay for the acquisition, construction or installation of the improvement proposed to be sold may appear before the legislative body and object to the sale.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50555.
  

At any time not later than the time set for hearing objections, any owner of property assessed or being assessed to pay for the acquisition, construction or installation of the improvement proposed to be sold may make and deliver to the clerk of the legislative body a written protest against the proposed sale. Failure to object in writing at that time constitutes a waiver of all objections to the proposed sale and a bar to any subsequent attack on the validity of such sale.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50556.
  

At the time for hearing protests, the legislative body shall hear and pass upon all protests and objections to the proposed sale. If 10 percent of the owners of property assessed or being assessed to purchase the property proposed to be sold, protest such sale in writing, the proceedings shall terminate and no proceedings for a similar purpose shall be instituted for a period of six months. If less than 10 percent of the owners of such property object to the proposed sale and if, in the opinion of the legislative body, the sale of such improvements will be for the best interests of the local agency, the legislative body may overrule all protests and proceed with the sale of such improvement. The decision of the legislative body shall be final.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50557.
  

If the legislative body determines to proceed, it shall adopt a resolution ordering the sale of such improvement and calling for bids. The resolution shall fix the time for receiving bids, the terms and conditions of the sale, and shall direct the clerk to give notice inviting sealed bids.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50558.
  

If the improvement is useful and necessary for the rendition of a service to the local agency, the legislative body shall provide that the sale is conditional upon the purchaser maintaining and operating the improvement for the purpose of providing such service. The contract of sale shall prescribe the period of time during which such condition shall be operative and may prescribe circumstances under which it may be terminated by the parties prior to the expiration of such time.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50559.
  

The notice inviting sealed proposals shall contain a description of the improvement, the terms and conditions of the sale, and the time and place when and where sealed proposals will be received.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50560.
  

The notice shall be published at least once a week for two successive weeks in a daily, semiweekly, or weekly newspaper of general circulation in the local agency or assessment district and shall be posted conspicuously for five days on or near the door of the legislative body’s chamber.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50561.
  

The legislative body shall sell the improvement to the highest responsible bidder or may reject any or all bids.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50562.
  

If the legislative body finds that the public interest will be furthered or that the advertising or calling for bids will not result in competitive bidding, such improvements may be sold without first calling or advertising for bids.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

50563.
  

The proceeds of the sale of such improvement shall be distributed by the local agency to the owners of the property which has been or is being assessed to pay for such improvement as their names and addresses appear on the last equalized city or county assessment roll, as the case may be, available on the date the distribution there is commenced, and at their addresses as shown upon such roll or as shown to the official effecting the distribution. Each property owner shall receive an amount which bears the same ratio to the total proceeds as the current assessment against his property bears to the total current assessment for such improvement. In the event the total amount each property owner is entitled to receive exceeds fifty dollars ($50), such property owner shall certify under penalty of perjury that he is the owner or was the legal owner of such property on the date of distribution. Payment to such person by the local agency shall relieve such local agency of all and any liability for payment under this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 574.)

50564.
  

This article shall be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes. The powers herein granted to local agencies shall not be construed as a limitation on any other powers heretofore or hereinafter granted to such agencies.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1923.)

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