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DIVISION 10. TRANSIT DISTRICTS [24501 - 107025]

  ( Division 10 repealed and added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1036.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

PART 3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT [30000 - 33021]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

CHAPTER 7. Bonds and Other Evidences of Indebtedness [30900 - 30982]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

ARTICLE 5. Improvement Districts [30960 - 30970]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62. )

30960.
  

Whenever the board deems it necessary for the district to incur a bonded indebtedness for the acquisition, construction, development, joint development, completion, operation, maintenance, or repair of any or all improvements, works, property, or facilities authorized by this part or necessary for, incidental to, or convenient for carrying out the powers of the district, or for any other purpose authorized by this part and to provide for the bonded indebtedness to be payable from taxes levied upon less than all of the district, it shall, by resolution adopted by a vote of two-thirds of all members of the board, so declare and state all of the following:

(a) The purposes for which the proposed debt is to be incurred, which may include all costs and estimated costs incidental to, or connected with, the accomplishment of those purposes, including, without limitation, engineering, inspection, legal, fiscal agents, financial consultant, and other fees, bond and other reserve funds, working capital, bond interest estimated to accrue during the construction period and for a period not to exceed three years thereafter, and expenses of all proceedings for the authorization, issuance, and sale of the bonds.

(b) The estimated cost of accomplishing those purposes and the amount of the principal of the indebtedness to be incurred.

(c) That the board intends to form an improvement district or districts of a portion or portions of the district which, in the opinion of the board, will be benefited, the exterior boundaries of which portion or portions are set forth on a map on file with the secretary of the district, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the proposed improvement district or districts, and to call an election in the proposed improvement district or districts on a date to be fixed for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters thereof the proposition of incurring indebtedness by the issuance of bonds of the district for the improvement district or districts.

(d) That taxes for the payment of the bonds and the interest thereon shall be levied exclusively upon the taxable property in the appropriate improvement district.

(e) The extent to which, if at all, all or a portion of the revenues of the district are to be used as provided in Section 30803 to pay the principal of, interest on, and sinking fund payments for the bonds, including the establishment and maintenance of any reserve fund therefor.

(f) That a general description of the proposed improvement, together with a map showing the exterior boundaries of the proposed improvement district or districts with relation to the territory immediately contiguous thereto and to the proposed improvement, is on file with the secretary of the district and is available for inspection by any person or persons interested.

(g) The time and place for a hearing by the board on the questions of the formation of the proposed improvement district or districts, the extent thereof, the proposed improvement, the estimated cost, and the amount of debt to be incurred.

(h) That, at the time and place specified in the resolution, any person interested, including all persons owning property in the district or in the proposed improvement district or districts, will be heard.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 21.)

30961.
  

Notice of said hearing shall be given by publishing a copy of the resolution declaring the necessity pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code prior to the time fixed for the hearing in at least one newspaper published in the district.

(Added by Stats. 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 62.)

30962.
  

At the time and place so fixed, or at any time and place to which the hearing is adjourned, the board shall proceed with the hearing. At the hearing, any person interested, including any person owning property within the district or within the proposed improvement district or districts, may appear and present any matters material to the questions set forth in the resolution declaring the necessity.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 22.)

30963.
  

The board may change the purposes for which the proposed debt is to be incurred, or the estimated cost, or the amount of bonded debt to be incurred, or the boundaries of the proposed improvement district or districts, or one or all of those matters. However, the board shall not change the boundaries so as to include any territory which will not, in its judgment, be benefited by the improvement.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 23.)

30964.
  

The purposes, estimated cost, amount of bonded debt, or boundaries shall not be changed by the board except after notice of its intention to do so, given by publication pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code in at least one newspaper published in the district. The notice shall state the changed purposes and the estimated cost and debt proposed and that the exterior boundaries as proposed to be changed are set forth on a map on file with the secretary of the district, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the proposed improvement district or districts, and specify the time and place for hearing on the change or changes, which time shall be at least 10 days after the publication of the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 24.)

30965.
  

At the time and place so fixed, or at any time and place to which the hearing is adjourned, the board shall proceed with the hearing. At the hearing, any person interested, including any person owning property within the district or the proposed improvement district or districts, may appear and present any matters material to the changes stated in the notice.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 25.)

30966.
  

At the conclusion of the hearing, the board shall, by resolution, determine whether it is deemed necessary to incur the bonded indebtedness, and, if so, the resolution shall also state the purposes for which the proposed debt is to be incurred, the estimated cost of accomplishing those purposes, the amount of the proposed debt, that the exterior boundaries of the portion or portions of the district which will be benefited are set forth on a map on file with the secretary of the district, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the improvement district or districts, and that each portion or portions of the district set forth on the map shall thereupon constitute and be known as “Improvement District No. ____ of the Southern California Rapid Transit District,” and the determinations made in the resolution shall be final and conclusive.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 26.)

30967.
  

After the formation of the improvement district or districts within the district pursuant to this article, all proceedings for the authorization and issuance of bonds of the district for the improvement district or districts shall be limited and shall apply only to the improvement district or districts; and taxes for the payment of those bonds and the interest thereon shall be levied exclusively upon the taxable property in the improvement district or districts; and the revenues of the district shall be used only to the extent set forth in the resolution declaring the necessity.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 27.)

30968.
  

After the board has made its determination of the matters required to be determined by resolution pursuant to Section 30966, and if the board deems it necessary to incur the bonded indebtedness, the board shall, by a further resolution, call a special election in the improvement district or districts for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters thereof the proposition of incurring indebtedness by the issuance of bonds of the district for the improvement district or districts. The resolution shall state all of the following:

(a) That the board deems it necessary to incur the bonded indebtedness.

(b) The purposes for which the bonded indebtedness will be incurred.

(c) The estimated cost of accomplishing those purposes.

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

(e) The improvement district or districts to be benefited by those indebtedness, as set forth in the resolution making determinations, and that a map showing the exterior boundaries of the improvement district or districts is on file with the secretary of the district, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the improvement district or districts.

(f) That taxes for the payment of those bonds and the interest thereon shall be levied exclusively upon the taxable property in the improvement district or districts; and that revenues of the district shall be used only to the extent set forth in the resolution declaring the necessity.

(g) The maximum term the bonds proposed to be issued shall run before maturity, which shall not exceed 50 years from the date thereof or the date of each series thereof.

(h) The maximum rate of interest to be paid, which shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law.

(i) The proposition to be submitted to the voters which may include one or more purposes.

(j) The date of the election.

(k) The manner of holding the election and the procedure for voting for and against the measure.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 28.)

30969.
  

Thereafter the provisions relating to the authorization and issuance of bonds, Sections 30901 to 30914, inclusive, shall apply.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1215.)

30970.
  

Any action or proceeding, wherein the validity of the formation of the improvement district or districts or of any bonds or of the proceedings in relation thereto is contested, questioned, or denied, shall be commenced within three months from the date of the election; otherwise, the bonds and all proceedings in relation thereto, including the formation of the improvement district or districts, is valid and in every respect legal and incontestable.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 497, Sec. 29.)

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