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DIVISION 6. MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT ACT [11501 - 14403.5]

  ( Division 6 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 7. Bonds [13201 - 13341]

  ( Chapter 7 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 1. Issuance [13201 - 13212]
  ( Article 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

13201.
  

A district may from time to time incur a bonded indebtedness as provided in this chapter to pay the cost of acquiring, constructing, or completing the whole or any portion of any utility or works referred to in this division, or for acquiring any works, lands, structures, rights, or other property necessary or convenient to carry out the objects, purposes, or powers of the district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13202.
  

Whenever the board by resolution passed by vote of two-thirds of all its members determines that the public interest or necessity demands the acquisition, construction, or completion by the district of any public utility or utilities referred to in this division or any works, lands, structures, rights, or other property necessary or convenient to carry out the objects, purposes, or powers of the district, the cost of which will be too great to be paid out of the ordinary annual income and revenue of the district, it may at any subsequent meeting of the board provide for the submission of the proposition of incurring a bonded indebtedness for the purpose set forth in the resolution to the voters of the district at a special bond election held for that purpose.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13203.
  

In lieu of a resolution passed by the board, proceedings for the issuance of bonds for the purposes provided in this chapter may be initiated by petition of the voters of the district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13204.
  

Whenever any petition signed by voters within the district equal in number to at least 15 percent of the total vote cast is presented to the board asking for the acquisition, construction, or completion of the whole or any portion of any utility or works referred to in this division or for acquiring any works, lands, structures, rights, or other property necessary or convenient to carry out the objects, purposes, or powers of the district, and also asking that a bonded indebtedness be incurred to pay for the cost thereof, the secretary of the district shall immediately examine and verify the signatures of the petition and certify the result of the examination to the board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13205.
  

If the required number of signatures is found to be genuine, the secretary shall transmit to the board an authentic copy of the petition without the signatures.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13206.
  

Upon receiving a petition with the certificate of the secretary stating that it contains the required number of signatures, the board shall formulate for submission to the voters of the district at a special bond election called for that purpose the proposition of incurring a bonded indebtedness for the purposes set forth in the petition. In its discretion the board may defer the calling of the election until the next general election to be held in the district in order to consolidate them.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13207.
  

The ordinance calling a special bond election shall fix the date on which the election will be held, and the manner of holding the election and of voting for or against incurring the indebtedness. It shall also recite the objects and purposes for which the indebtedness is proposed to be incurred, the estimated cost of the utility, works, lands, structures, rights, or other property proposed to be acquired, constructed, or completed, the amount of the principal of the indebtedness to be incurred therefor, and the maximum rate of interest to be paid on the indebtedness, which shall not exceed 8 percent per annum, payable semiannually. If, however, the rate of interest to be paid on the indebtedness does not exceed 41/2 percent per annum, payable semiannually, the rate of interest need not be recited in the ordinance.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 130.)

13208.
  

Propositions for incurring indebtedness for more than one object or purpose may be submitted at the same election.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13209.
  

All special bond elections held in even-numbered years shall be consolidated with the direct primary or general election. All special bond elections held in odd-numbered years shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and may be held separately, or may be consolidated with any other election authorized by law at which the voters of the district may vote. When a special bond election is consolidated with a statewide primary or a general election, the board shall in the ordinance calling the special bond election consolidate it with the statewide primary or the general election to be held at the same time in the respective counties in which the district is located and authorize the respective boards of supervisors to canvass the returns and certify the result of the canvass to the board; it shall be the duty of the board or boards of supervisors to so consolidate the election, canvass the returns, and cause the result thereof to be properly certified to the board. If a special bond election is consolidated with any other election, the provisions of this chapter setting forth the procedure for the calling and holding of the special bond election shall be complied with, except that the ordinance calling the election need not set forth the election precincts, polling places, and officers of election, but may provide that the precincts, polling places, and officers of election shall be the same as those set forth in the ordinance, notice, or other proceedings calling the election with which the special bond election is consolidated, and shall refer to the ordinance, notice, or other proceedings by number and title, or by other definite description.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 412.)

13210.
  

The ordinance shall be published, and no other notice of election need be given.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

13211.
  

The votes of two-thirds of all the voters voting on the proposition at the election are required to authorize the issuance of bonds under this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 761.)

13212.
  

If the proposition submitted at a special bond election fails to receive the requisite number of votes, the board shall not within six months after the election hold another special election for the submission of a proposition of incurring a bonded indebtedness substantially the same as the proposition voted upon at the prior election unless a petition signed by voters within the district equal in number to at least 15 percent of the total vote cast is filed with the board, requesting that the proposition, or a proposition substantially the same, be submitted at an election to be called for that purpose.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

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