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TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 - 57607]

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

DIVISION 2. CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 - 55821]

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

PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 - 54999.7]

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

CHAPTER 2.8. Infrastructure Financing Districts [53395 - 53397.11]

  ( Chapter 2.8 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 2. Preparation and Adoption of Infrastructure Financing Plans [53395.10 - 53395.25]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1. )

53395.10.
  

A legislative body of a city or county may designate one or more proposed infrastructure financing districts pursuant to this chapter. Proceedings for the establishment of a district shall be instituted by the adoption of a resolution of intention to establish the proposed district and shall do all of the following:

(a) State that an infrastructure financing district is proposed to be established under the terms of this chapter and describe the boundaries of the proposed district, which may be accomplished by reference to a map on file in the office of the clerk of the city or county that is proposing to establish the district.

(b) State the type of public facilities proposed to be financed by the district. The district may only finance public facilities authorized by Section 53395.3.

(c) State that incremental property tax revenue from the city or county and some or all affected taxing entities within the district may be used to finance these public facilities.

(d) Fix a time and place for a public hearing on the proposal.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 201, Sec. 6. (SB 1462) Effective January 1, 2015.)

53395.11.
  

The legislative body shall direct the clerk to mail a copy of the resolution of intention to create the district to each owner of land within the district.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.12.
  

The legislative body shall direct the clerk to mail a copy of the resolution to each affected taxing entity.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.13.
  

After adopting the resolution pursuant to Section 53395.10, the legislative body shall designate and direct the city or county engineer or other appropriate official to prepare an infrastructure plan pursuant to Section 53395.14.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 210, Sec. 11. (SB 184) Effective January 1, 2014.)

53395.14.
  

After receipt of a copy of the resolution of intention to establish a district, the official designated pursuant to Section 53395.13 shall prepare a proposed infrastructure financing plan. The infrastructure financing plan shall be consistent with the general plan of the city or county within which the district is located and shall include all of the following:

(a) A map and legal description of the proposed district, which may include all or a portion of the district designated by the legislative body in its resolution of intention.

(b) A description of the public facilities required to serve the development proposed in the area of the district including those to be provided by the private sector, those to be provided by governmental entities without assistance under this chapter, those public improvements and facilities to be financed with assistance from the proposed district, and those to be provided jointly. The description shall include the proposed location, timing, and costs of the public improvements and facilities.

(c) A finding that the public facilities are of communitywide significance and provide significant benefits to an area larger than the area of the district.

(d) A financing section, which shall contain all of the following information:

(1) A specification of the maximum portion of the incremental tax revenue of the city or county and of each affected taxing entity proposed to be committed to the district for each year during which the district will receive incremental tax revenue. The portion need not be the same for all affected taxing entities. The portion may change over time.

(2) A projection of the amount of tax revenues expected to be received by the district in each year during which the district will receive tax revenues, including an estimate of the amount of tax revenues attributable to each affected taxing entity for each year.

(3) A plan for financing the public facilities to be assisted by the district, including a detailed description of any intention to incur debt.

(4) A limit on the total number of dollars of taxes which may be allocated to the district pursuant to the plan.

(5) A date on which the district will cease to exist, by which time all tax allocation to the district will end. The date shall not be more than 30 years from the date on which the ordinance forming the district is adopted pursuant to Section 53395.23.

(6) An analysis of the costs to the city or county of providing facilities and services to the area of the district while the area is being developed and after the area is developed. The plan shall also include an analysis of the tax, fee, charge, and other revenues expected to be received by the city or county as a result of expected development in the area of the district.

(7) An analysis of the projected fiscal impact of the district and the associated development upon each affected taxing entity.

(8) A plan for financing any potential costs that may be incurred by reimbursing a developer of a project that is both located entirely within the boundaries of that district and qualifies for the Transit Priority Project Program, pursuant to Section 65470, including any permit and affordable housing expenses related to the project.

(e) If any dwelling units occupied by persons or families of low or moderate income are proposed to be removed or destroyed in the course of private development or public works construction within the area of the district, a plan providing for replacement of those units and relocation of those persons or families consistent with the requirements of Section 53395.5.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 210, Sec. 12. (SB 184) Effective January 1, 2014.)

53395.15.
  

The infrastructure financing plan shall be sent to each owner of land within the proposed district and to each affected taxing entity together with any report required by the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) that pertains to the proposed public facilities or the proposed development project for which the public facilities are needed, and shall be made available for public inspection. The report shall also be sent to the planning commission and the legislative body.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.16.
  

The designated official shall consult with each affected taxing entity, and, at the request of any affected taxing entity, shall meet with representatives of an affected taxing entity. Any affected taxing entity may suggest revisions to the plan.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.17.
  

The legislative body shall conduct a public hearing prior to adopting the proposed infrastructure financing plan. The public hearing shall be called no sooner than 60 days after the plan has been sent to each affected taxing entity. In addition to the notice given to landowners and affected taxing entities pursuant to Sections 53395.11 and 53395.12, notice of the public hearing shall be given by publication not less than once a week for four successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the city or county in which the proposed district is located. The notice shall state that the district will be used to finance public works, briefly describe the public works, briefly describe the proposed financial arrangements, including the proposed commitment of incremental tax revenue, describe the boundaries of the proposed district and state the day, hour, and place when and where any persons having any objections to the proposed infrastructure financing plan, or the regularity of any of the prior proceedings, may appear before the legislative body and object to the adoption of the proposed plan by the legislative body.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 210, Sec. 13. (SB 184) Effective January 1, 2014.)

53395.18.
  

At the hour set in the required notices, the legislative body shall proceed to hear and pass upon all written and oral objections. The hearing may be continued from time to time. The legislative body shall consider the recommendations, if any, of affected taxing entities, and all evidence and testimony for and against the adoption of the plan. The legislative body may modify the plan by eliminating or reducing the size and cost of proposed public works, by reducing the amount of proposed debt, or by reducing the portion, amount, or duration of incremental tax revenues to be committed to the district.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.19.
  

(a) The legislative body shall not enact a resolution proposing formation of a district and providing for the division of taxes of any affected taxing entity pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 53396) unless a resolution approving the plan has been adopted by the governing body of each affected taxing entity which is proposed to be subject to division of taxes pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 53396) has been filed with the legislative body at or prior to the time of the hearing.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the legislative body from amending its infrastructure financing plan and adopting a resolution proposing formation of the infrastructure financing district without allocation of the tax revenues of any affected taxing entity which has not approved the infrastructure financing plan by resolution of the governing body of the affected taxing entity.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.20.
  

(a) At the conclusion of the hearing, the legislative body may adopt a resolution proposing adoption of the infrastructure financing plan, as modified, and formation of the infrastructure financing district in a manner consistent with Section 53395.19, or it may abandon the proceedings. If the legislative body adopts a resolution proposing formation of the district, it shall then submit the proposal to create the district to the qualified electors of the proposed district in the next general election or in a special election to be held, notwithstanding any other requirement, including any requirement that elections be held on specified dates, contained in the Elections Code, at least 90 days, but not more than 180 days, following the adoption of the resolution of formation. The legislative body shall provide the resolution of formation, a certified map of sufficient scale and clarity to show the boundaries of the district, and a sufficient description to allow the election official to determine the boundaries of the district to the official conducting the election within three business days after the adoption of the resolution of formation. The assessor’s parcel numbers for the land within the district shall be included if it is a landowner election or the district does not conform to an existing district’s boundaries and if requested by the official conducting the election. If the election is to be held less than 125 days following the adoption of the resolution of formation, the concurrence of the election official conducting the election shall be required. However, any time limit specified by this section or requirement pertaining to the conduct of the election may be waived with the unanimous consent of the qualified electors of the proposed district and the concurrence of the election official conducting the election.

(b) If at least 12 persons have been registered to vote within the territory of the proposed district for each of the 90 days preceding the close of the hearing, the vote shall be by the registered voters of the proposed district, who need not necessarily be the same persons, with each voter having one vote. Otherwise, the vote shall be by the landowners of the proposed district and each landowner who is the owner of record at the close of the protest hearing, or the authorized representative thereof, shall have one vote for each acre or portion of an acre of land that he or she owns within the proposed district. The number of votes to be voted by a particular landowner shall be specified on the ballot provided to that landowner.

(c) Ballots for the special election authorized by subdivision (a) may be distributed to qualified electors by mail with return postage prepaid or by personal service by the election official. The official conducting the election may certify the proper mailing of ballots by an affidavit, which shall be exclusive proof of mailing in the absence of fraud. The voted ballots shall be returned to the election officer conducting the election not later than the hour specified in the resolution calling the election. However, if all the qualified voters have voted, the election shall be closed.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.21.
  

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the provisions of law regulating elections of the local agency that calls an election pursuant to this chapter, insofar as they may be applicable, shall govern all elections conducted pursuant to this chapter. Except as provided in subdivision (b), there shall be prepared and included in the ballot material provided to each voter, an impartial analysis pursuant to Section 9160 or 9280 of the Elections Code, arguments and rebuttals, if any, pursuant to Sections 9162 to 9167, inclusive, and 9190 of the Elections Code or pursuant to Sections 9281 to 9287, inclusive, and 9295 of the Elections Code.

(b) If the vote is to be by the landowners of the proposed district, analysis and arguments may be waived with the unanimous consent of all the landowners and shall be so stated in the order for the election.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 78. Effective January 1, 1995.)

53395.22.
  

(a) If the election is to be conducted by mail ballot, the election official conducting the election shall provide ballots and election materials pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 53326 and Section 53327, together with all supplies and instructions necessary for the use and return of the ballot.

(b) The identification envelope for return of mail ballots used in landowner elections shall contain the following:

(1) The name of the landowner.

(2) The address of the landowner.

(3) A declaration, under penalty of perjury, stating that the voter is the owner of record or the authorized representative of the landowner entitled to vote and is the person whose name appears on the identification envelope.

(4) The printed name and signature of the voter.

(5) The address of the voter.

(6) The date of signing and place of execution of the declaration pursuant to paragraph (3).

(7) A notice that the envelope contains an official ballot and is to be opened only by the canvassing board.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.23.
  

After the canvass of returns of any election pursuant to Section 53395.20, the legislative body may, by ordinance, adopt the infrastructure financing plan and create the district with full force and effect of law, if two-thirds of the votes upon the question of creating the district are in favor of creating the district.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.24.
  

After the canvass of returns of any election conducted pursuant to Section 53395.20, the legislative body shall take no further action with respect to the proposed infrastructure financing district for one year from the date of the election if the question of creating the district fails to receive approval by two-thirds of the votes cast upon the question.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

53395.25.
  

The legislative body may submit a proposition to establish or change the appropriations limit, as defined by subdivision (h) of Section 8 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution, of a district to the qualified electors of a proposed or established district. The proposition establishing or changing the appropriations limit shall become effective if approved by the qualified electors voting on the proposition and shall be adjusted for changes in the cost of living and changes in populations, as defined by subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 7901, except that the change in population may be estimated by the legislative body in the absence of an estimate by the Department of Finance, and in accordance with Section 1 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution. For purposes of adjusting for changes in population, the population of the district shall be deemed to be at least one person during each calendar year. Any election held pursuant to this section may be combined with any election held pursuant to Section 53395.20 in any convenient manner.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)

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