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  ( Division 7 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72. )

CHAPTER 3. Internal Organization of Districts [15951 - 16196]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72. )

ARTICLE 4. Meetings and Legislation [16071 - 16084]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72. )


The board shall establish rules for its proceedings and shall provide for the time and place of holding meetings and the manner in which special meetings may be called. All legislative sessions of the board, whether regular or special, are open to the public. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


The board shall act only by ordinance, resolution, or motion. The ayes and noes shall be taken upon the passage of all ordinances, resolutions, or motions and entered upon the journal of the proceedings of the board. No ordinance, resolution, or motion shall be passed or become effective without the affirmative votes of at least a majority of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 192.)


The enacting clause of all ordinances shall be:

“Be it enacted by the board of directors of _______ public utility district:”.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


All resolutions and ordinances shall be signed by the president of the board and attested by the secretary.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


No ordinance passed by the board takes effect less than 30 days after its passage. At least one week before the expiration of the said 30 days copies of the ordinance shall be posted by the clerk at three public places in the district, and if there is a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the district, the ordinance shall be published in the newspaper pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 357.)


An order entered in the minutes of the board that an ordinance has been duly posted and published is prima facie proof of such posting and publication.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


All tax levies for a purpose other than interest or sinking fund payments shall be first authorized by the board by ordinance when the amount proposed to be raised by a tax levy exceeds fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 709, Sec. 2.)


During the 30 days following passage of an ordinance pursuant to Section 16077 a petition, signed by qualified voters of the district equal to 10 percent of the entire vote cast within the district for all candidates for Governor at the last preceding general election at which a Governor was voted for, protesting against the passage of the ordinance may be presented to the board.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


Immediately upon receipt of a petition submitted pursuant to Section 16078 the board shall cause the clerk of the district to examine and verify the signatures, and to certify the result to the board within 10 days. If the petition is found insufficient, the clerk shall certify to the number of additional signatures of qualified electors required to make the petition sufficient, and the petition may be amended by a supplemental petition filed within 10 days from the date of the certificate.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


Within 10 days after the filing of a supplemental petition, the clerk shall examine it and certify to the result of his examination.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


An ordinance is suspended from going into operation until the examination, verification, and certification are completed.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


If a petition, or petition as amended, is certified to be sufficient the ordinance is suspended from going into operation and the board shall reconsider it.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


If the board does not entirely repeal the ordinance upon reconsideration, it shall submit the ordinance to a vote of the electors at a general district election or at a special district election called for the purpose, and the ordinance shall not become operative unless approved by a majority of the voters voting upon it.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


Unless otherwise provided in this division, petitions made pursuant to this article, in the matter of form, signatures, and preparation, and the proceedings based upon them, in the matter of calling and conducting an election, the manner of voting, cavassing the return, and declaring the result shall conform as nearly as practicable to the provisions of general law relating to direct legislation or the referendum by cities.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)

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