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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 2.5. Open Space Maintenance Districts [50575 - 50628]

  ( Chapter 2.5 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503. )

ARTICLE 4. Annexations, Additions and Withdrawals [50620 - 50628]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503. )

50620.
  

The boundaries of any district may be altered, and contiguous or noncontiguous territory may be annexed thereto. The legislative body may by resolution fix a time and place for hearing upon the question of annexation of such territory to an existing district. The resolution shall describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed. The legislative body may by resolution determine that each parcel of territory annexed or to be annexed to a district should pay its proportionate share of the cost of any improvements constructed prior to such annexation. No such parcel may be annexed until the full amount of its contribution has been determined and paid. All such amounts paid to the local agency shall be placed in the special fund of the district and may be used for the purposes for which the proceeds from the annual assessments may be used. The date set for the hearing on the proposed annexation shall be at least three weeks from and after the date of the adoption of the resolution setting the hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50621.
  

The legislative body shall direct the clerk to give notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing, by mailing written notice to each property owner within the boundaries of the territory sought to be annexed whose name and address appears on the last equalized assessment roll. The clerk shall file, upon the completion of the mailing, an affidavit setting forth the time and manner of the compliance with this section. The notice shall be mailed at least 10 days prior to the date set for hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50622.
  

The legislative body shall also direct the clerk to publish a notice as provided in Section 6061 and at least 15 days before the date set for hearing. The notice shall state the time and place of the hearing and shall contain a description of the territory proposed to be annexed, or, in lieu of such description, the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed may be shown by means of a diagram. An affidavit of publication shall be filed with the clerk.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50623.
  

At the time fixed for the hearing or to which it may be continued, the legislative body shall hear and pass upon the proposal and any objections which may be filed to the inclusion of any property within the proposed annexation. The legislative body, by ordinance, may determine that the territory or any part thereof will be benefited by annexation to the district and may order that the boundaries of the district be altered to include the benefited territory.

If at the hearing it appears that owners of more than one-half of the real property within the area proposed to be annexed and subject to assessment have made objection in writing to the annexation, and protests are not withdrawn so as to reduce the number of protests to less than a majority, the legislative body, by resolution entered upon its minutes, shall so find. Thereafter the legislative body shall not proceed further, and the proceeding is terminated.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50624.
  

If, after the formation of a district, the addition of properties to be maintained as open areas by the existing district is proposed, the legislative body shall adopt a resolution declaring its intention that the cost of maintaining the additional open areas shall be borne by the existing district. It shall fix a time and place for a hearing on the resolution, at which hearing any and all persons having any objections to the things proposed to be done may appear and be heard. The resolution shall contain the statement of the estimated annual cost of maintaining the additional open areas. If new or increased assessments are proposed, the legislative body shall comply with the notice, protest, and hearing procedures pursuant to Section 53753.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 262, Sec. 26. Effective January 1, 2001.)

50626.
  

Any portion of any district which will not be benefited by remaining within the district may be withdrawn therefrom. The legislative body may by resolution fix a time for a hearing on the question of the withdrawal of any portion of a district which will not be benefited by remaining within the district. The time for the hearing shall be not less than 10 or more than 30 days after the date of the adoption of the resolution. The legislative body shall, at least 10 days prior to the time so fixed, cause a notice of such hearing to be published as provided in Section 6061. Copies of the notice shall also be posted at least 10 days prior to the date fixed for hearing in at least three conspicuous places within that portion of the district sought to be withdrawn and in at least three conspicuous places within the remaining portion of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50627.
  

Any person interested may appear at the hearing and object to the withdrawal of the portion from the district or may object to the continuance of the remaining territory as a district. The legislative body shall consider and pass upon all objections and if it finds that the portion of the district sought to be withdrawn will not be benefited by remaining within the district and that the remaining territory not sought to be withdrawn will be benefited by continuing as a maintenance district, then it shall by ordinance order the withdrawal and the continuance of the remaining territory as a district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

50628.
  

This chapter shall be liberally construed in order to effectuate its purposes. If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person, property, or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1503.)

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