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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036. )

PART 2. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT [28500 - 29757]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

CHAPTER 8. Bonds and Other Evidences of Indebtedness [29150 - 29293]

  ( Chapter 8 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

ARTICLE 1. Authorization of General Obligation Bonds [29150 - 29168]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056. )

29150.
  

The district may borrow money, incur a bonded indebtedness in respect thereto, and levy taxes for the payment of principal and interest thereon, in the manner provided in Chapter 7 of this part, but no such bonded debt shall exceed fifteen (15) percent of the assessed valuation of taxable property within the district.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29151.
  

Before submitting a proposal to incur any bonded indebtedness, the district shall employ such engineers, economists, fiscal experts and others as is necessary to develop general plans, estimates and general specifications pertaining to the projects for which the bond issue is proposed, sufficient in the opinion of the board to enable the board to determine the feasibility of such projects, provided that no such reports or the approval thereof specified in Section 29156 of this code shall be applicable to any proposal for the issuance of additional bonds to complete the project referred to in the original reports.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1518.)

29152.
  

Such engineers, economists, fiscal experts and others shall make reports to the district, which shall include:

(a) A general description of the facilities to be acquired or constructed from the proceeds of the proposed bond issue.

(b) The estimated total cost of constructing or acquiring, or both, such facilities.

(c) The estimated period of construction of such facilities.

(d) An estimate of the revenues which may be expected to be derived therefrom.

(e) The amount of bonds which will be required to pay the estimated total cost of constructing or acquiring such facilities. If the district determines to make interest payments out of bond proceeds, the estimate may include a sum sufficient to pay interest on the bonds during the estimated period of construction and for three years, or less, thereafter.

(f) An estimate of the taxes required to be levied for all district purposes, the sources from which such taxes shall be obtained, and the proportion or amount to be derived from each source.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1967.)

29153.
  

After receiving such reports, the board shall determine and declare by resolution whether or not the proposed plan of work is feasible and whether or not the project, as set forth in said reports, is necessary, and if so, shall make an order determining the amount of bonds that should be issued in order to raise the amount of money necessary therefor, and in determining such amount, sufficient shall be included to cover the cost of inspection of works in course of construction. Such determination by the board shall constitute a conclusive determination that the reports then on file with the board are adequate and sufficient to enable the board to make the determination as set forth in such resolution.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29154.
  

After adoption by the board of the reports made pursuant to Section 29152 the board shall refer such reports to the boards of supervisors of the counties comprising the district for their approval.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29155.
  

After receiving the reports, each board of supervisors shall fix a time and place for a public hearing to consider the reports. The time fixed for the hearing shall not be less than 30 days nor more than 60 days from the date the reports were received from the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 177.)

29156.
  

Within 15 days from the date of the public hearing held pursuant to Section 29155, each board of supervisors shall, by a resolution adopted by a majority vote of the board of supervisors, determine whether it approves the reports and shall file an executed copy of the resolution with the secretary of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 178.)

29157.
  

If a majority of any board of supervisors does not approve the reports, the district may make additional studies and changes and may refer the amended reports to the board of supervisors of the counties comprising the district in order to obtain unanimous approval from the counties comprising the district. If no agreement is reached within a period of six months following the date the original reports were received from the board, any county not approving the reports may withdraw from the district under Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 29650), notwithstanding that, after that county’s disapproval, the reports are withdrawn by the district. Failure of a county to withdraw from the district, within 30 days following the six-month period, has the same effect as approval by the board of supervisors of the county of the reports as last amended, unless the reports have been previously withdrawn by the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 179.)

29157.1.
  

Whenever it appears to the board that bonded indebtedness heretofore authorized pursuant to the provisions of this article is insufficient to cover all costs of the acquisition and construction of facilities, the board shall make an order determining the amount of bonds that should be issued in order to raise the additional funds necessary for the completion of such facilities. The provisions of Sections 29154, 29155, 29156 and 29157 of this code shall not be applicable to any election to authorize the issuance of additional bonds, after the district shall have issued all or any part of its first authorized issue of bonds.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1518.)

29158.
  

When the district has received unanimous approval from the boards of supervisors of the counties comprising the district pursuant to Section 29156 of this code, or when the board has made its order pursuant to Section 29157.1 of this code, the board shall call a special election and submit to the qualified voters of the district the proposition of incurring such bonded indebtedness for the acquisition, construction or completion of rapid transit facilities by the district and all other works, property, or structures necessary or convenient therefor and for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1518.)

29159.
  

The resolution calling the special election shall contain:

(a) A statement of the general object and purpose of incurring the indebtedness.

(b) Statement of the estimated cost of the proposed work and improvements.

(c) The amount of the principal of the indebtedness to be incurred therefor.

(d) The maximum term, which shall not exceed fifty (50) years, that the bonds proposed to be issued shall run before maturity.

(e) The maximum rate of interest to be paid on said indebtedness, which shall not exceed six (6) percent per annum.

(f) A statement declaring whether interest, to be paid upon such bonds during the estimated period of construction of the works of the district and for three years thereafter, or less, shall be a capital charge, and shall be payable out of the principal sum realized from the sale of bonds, and, if so, to what extent.

(g) An estimate of the taxes required to be levied for all district purposes, the sources from which such taxes shall be obtained, and the proportion or amount to be derived from each source.

(h) The date on which the special bond election will be held, the hours during the day which the polls will be open, and the manner of voting for and against the incurring of such indebtedness; provided, however, the district shall have no power or authority, within six (6) months after an election at which a proposition submitted to the qualified electors of the district failed to receive the requisite number of votes as provided in Section 29168, to call or order another election for incurring any indebtedness for purposes substantially the same as voted upon at such prior election. If the special bond election is consolidated with any other election, the hours during which the polls shall be kept open in each county shall be the same as those provided for the election with which the election called pursuant to this part is consolidated and reference to that effect in the resolution shall be sufficient without specifying the particular hours.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1967.)

29160.
  

The provisions of Section 37.5 of Chapter 1239 of the Statutes of 1949, the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Rapid Transit District Act, relating to the repayment of appropriations made to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission from the proceeds of the first sale of bonds issued by the district created by that act, shall apply to and be binding upon the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29161.
  

Any election submitting the proposition of incurring indebtedness and the issuance of bonds called pursuant to this part, may be held separately, or may be consolidated with any other election authorized by law, at which the qualified voters of any county, city and county, or city are entitled to vote. However, in the event an election called pursuant to this part is consolidated with any other election, as provided by Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code, the provisions of this part setting forth the procedure for the calling of the election called pursuant to this part shall be complied with, except that the resolution calling the election need not set forth the election precincts or polling places, or the officers of election, which shall be the same as those set forth in the ordinance, order, resolution, notice, or other proceeding calling or providing for, or listing or designating the precincts, polling places, and election officers for the election with which the election called pursuant to this part is consolidated, and shall refer to the election or to the ordinance, order, resolution, notice, or other proceeding calling, providing for, or giving notice of the election, and which sets forth the precincts, polling places, and election officers. This reference may be made by giving the number or title or date of adoption of the ordinance, resolution, or order or to the date or proposed date of any publication of the notice and the name of the newspaper or proposed newspaper in which the notice has been or will be published or by any other definite description. Whenever a bond election called pursuant to this part is consolidated with a statewide general election held in the district, references to that general election shall be sufficient for all purposes of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 195. Effective January 1, 1995.)

29162.
  

Whenever a special bond election is called pursuant to this part and is not consolidated with any other election the board shall in its resolution calling such special bond election, in addition to all other matters required to be set forth therein:

(a) Specify the precincts or consolidated precincts in each county or portion of a county which are adopted for the purposes of the election and designate the location of the polling places, provided that one or more polling places may be established within the same precinct and separate ballot boxes and separate officers of election provided for each group of electors, which group shall be determined by alphabetical designations and divided into groups as nearly equal in number as practicable.

(b) Specify the names of the officers selected to conduct the election, who shall consist of at least one inspector and two judges in each precinct, but not in excess of six election officers for each polling place.

Whenever the special bond election called pursuant to this part is consolidated in whole or in part with any other election, the precincts, polling places and election officers need not be set forth in the resolution calling the special bond election except only to the extent that any precinct, polling place and election officers established for the special bond election differ or are in addition to those established for the election with which the special bond election called pursuant to this part is consolidated.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29163.
  

Notice of a special bond election shall be given by publication of the text of the resolution calling the election and except as provided below the text thereof shall be published once a week in each calendar week for two successive calendar weeks at any time prior to the election (the first publication of which shall be not less than twenty (20) days nor more than ninety (90) days prior to the date fixed for the election) in at least one newspaper of general circulation and in not more than three newspapers, designated by the board, which are printed and published in each county within the district. That portion of the resolution constituting notice of election as published in each county shall contain only the reference to the precincts, polling places, and election officers in the county or portion of the county in which it is published, and it shall not be necessary to publish any portion of the resolution setting forth the precincts, polling places or election officers in any other county. Except for the omission in any county of the reference to the precinct, polling place and election officers in any other county, the text of the resolution as published in each county to constitute notice of said election shall be the resolution in form as adopted by the board. To each resolution published in each county there shall be set forth a notice substantially as follows:

”Notice of Election


Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District that the Board of Directors has duly adopted a resolution calling a special bond election within the District which is set forth in full below, except only for the omission of the designation of the precinct, polling place and officers of election in any county or portion of a county in which such election is to be held except only the designation of such election details as the same pertain to the county or portion of a county in which the attached resolution is published, which election details are set forth in the following text of the resolution.”


If there is no newspaper published in any county within the district, the notice shall be posted in three public places in such county.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29164.
  

All the expenses of holding the election shall be borne by the district, except when the election is consolidated with another election pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code, in which case the expense borne by the district shall be that agreed upon by the district and the other governing body or bodies calling the election.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 196. Effective January 1, 1995.)

29165.
  

No error, irregularity or omission in the calling, holding or conducting of any special bond election which does not affect the substantial rights of the taxpayers within the district or the electors voting at any election at which bonds of the district are authorized to be issued shall invalidate the election or any bonds authorized thereat.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29166.
  

(a) The returns of the election shall be made and the votes shall be canvassed by the county elections official in each county contained in the district, within thirty (30) days after holding of the election, and the county elections officials, respectively, shall certify the result of the election in each county, respectively, to the board of the district.

(b) In the event that the election is consolidated with any other election, the returns of the election, the method of canvassing, and the results thereof shall be designated and declared in accordance with Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 197. Effective January 1, 1995.)

29167.
  

At any special bond election called pursuant to this part, all residents of the district who are qualified electors possessing the qualifications prescribed by the general election laws of the State of California shall be entitled to vote thereat. All special bond elections shall be held and conducted as nearly as practicable in accordance with the general laws of the State of California, including provisions with respect to voting by absent voters, but the requirements as to the form of ballots need not apply except to the extent adopted by the board. Whether a resident of the district is a qualified elector within the district shall be conclusively determined by the last great register of voters of the county or portion of the county in which the election is held. Except when the special bond election is consolidated with any other election, the board shall designate the hours during which the polls shall be kept open. The polls shall not be opened before 7 a.m. nor kept open later than 8 p.m. and shall be kept open for not less than four hours.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1056.)

29168.
  

At any special bond election two or more propositions for incurring indebtedness may be submitted at the same election in which event the votes cast for and against each proposition shall be counted separately, and whenever three-fifths of the qualified electors voting on any one of such propositions vote in favor thereof such proposition shall be deemed adopted.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1622.)

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