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DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

PART 7. IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS IN IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [23600 - 24103]

  ( Part 7 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 3.5. Alternative Provisions for the Formation of Improvement Districts and the Issuance of Bonds Therefor [23900 - 23917]
  ( Chapter 3.5 added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580. )

23900.
  

This chapter provides an alternative method for the formation of improvement districts for the purpose of cooperating and contracting with the United States and agencies thereof pursuant to the Irrigation District Federal Cooperation Law as contained in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 23175) of Part 6 of Division 11, or for the purpose of sewage disposal, irrigation water service by a system of pumps, conduits, or both, maintenance of irrigation works, drainage, or distribution of water. The term “district” or “districts” as used in the Irrigation District Federal Cooperation Law shall include improvement districts formed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. This chapter shall not apply to or affect any other provisions of this division for the formation of improvement districts or the incurring of indebtedness therefor.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 35.)

23901.
  

Improvement districts consisting of a portion of the territory of a district may be formed within a district and, notwithstanding any other provision in this division, bonds of the district may be issued for such improvement districts as provided in this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23902.
  

Bonds of a district for an improvement district may be issued for either the purpose of cooperating and contracting with the United States pursuant to the Irrigation District Federal Cooperation Law as contained in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 23175) of Part 6 of Division 11, or for any of the other purposes specified in Section 23900.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 35.)

23903.
  

Whenever the board is of the opinion that an improvement district should be formed for the purpose set forth in this chapter, the board shall adopt a resolution of intention which shall state: (a) the intention of the board to form the proposed improvement district, (b) the purpose for which the proposed improvement district is to be formed, (c) the estimated expense of carrying out the purpose, (d) that assessments for carrying out the purpose shall be levied exclusively upon the lands in the proposed improvement district, (e) that a map showing the exterior boundaries of the proposed improvement district, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the proposed improvement district, is on file with the secretary of the district and is available for inspection by any person or persons interested, (f) the time and place for a hearing by the board on the formation of the proposed improvement district, the extent thereof, the purpose for which it is to be formed, the benefit to lands within the proposed improvement district from carrying out such purpose, the estimated expense of carrying out such purpose or any other matter relating to any of the foregoing, and (g) that at the time and place specified any persons interested, including all persons owning lands in the district or in the proposed improvement district, may appear and be heard.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23904.
  

Notice of the hearing shall be given by publishing a copy of the resolution of intention in a newspaper of general circulation published in each affected county, pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code, the first publication to be at least fourteen (14) days prior to the time fixed for the hearing. The notice shall also be given by posting a copy of the resolution in three public places within the proposed improvement district for at least fourteen (14) days prior to the time fixed for the hearing. No notice other than that required by this section need be given.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23905.
  

At the time and place so fixed, or at any time or place to which the hearing is continued, the board shall hold the hearing provided for by the resolution of intention, at which hearing any person interested, including all persons owning land in the district, or in the proposed improvement district, may appear and be heard concerning any matters set forth in the resolution of intention or any matters material thereto.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23906.
  

At the hearing the board may adopt a resolution proposing modifications relating to any or all of the following: (a) a modification of the boundaries of the proposed improvement district, (b) the addition to the proposed improvement district of lands which in its opinion will be benefited by carrying out the purpose described in the resolution of intention, (c) the exclusion from the proposed improvement district of any lands described in the resolution of intention which in its opinion will not be benefited by carrying out such purpose or (d) the increasing, decreasing or otherwise modifying of the purpose stated in the resolution of intention. The resolution proposing modification shall describe the proposed modifications, state the change, if any, in the estimated expense of carrying out the purpose, and shall fix a time and place for hearing by the board thereon.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23907.
  

The board shall not order any modifications except after publication of the resolution proposing such modifications once in the same newspaper in which the resolution of intention was published, such publication to be at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of hearing on the proposed modifications.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23908.
  

The hearing on any proposed modifications, or any continuance thereof, may be held at the same time and place as any continued hearing on the resolution of intention and both hearings may be held and conducted concurrently.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23909.
  

At the conclusion of the hearing on the resolution of intention and of the hearing, if any, upon proposed modifications, the board may by resolution order the improvement district formed for the purpose and with the exterior boundaries described in the resolution of intention, or for the purpose and with the exterior boundaries as proposed to be modified in the resolution, if any, proposing modifications. The resolution ordering the district formed shall state the estimated expense of carrying out the purpose described therein. The resolution shall also number and designate the improvement district substantially as “Improvement District No. ____ of ____ District.”

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23910.
  

After adopting the resolution ordering the improvement district formed, the board may provide for and call a special bond election within such improvement district to submit to the voters of the improvement district a proposition of whether or not an indebtedness of the district shall be incurred and bonds issued therefor in an amount not exceeding the estimate stated in the resolution ordering the improvement district formed, such indebtedness and bonds to be payable from assessments to be levied and collected upon lands within the improvement district.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23911.
  

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, special bond elections within an improvement district shall be called, noticed, held, conducted and the results thereof canvassed in substantially the same manner as is provided in this division for general obligation bond elections held in the entire district.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23912.
  

If two-thirds of the votes cast upon the proposition at a special bond election held in an improvement district are in favor of the issuance of the bonds of the district for the improvement district, the board may by resolution, at such time or times as it deems proper, provide for the issuance of all or any part of such bonds.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23913.
  

Bonds of the district for the improvement district shall be issued and sold in substantially the same manner and upon the same terms and conditions as general obligation bonds of the entire district, except that assessments for the payment of the bonds and the interest thereon shall be levied and collected from annual assessments to be levied upon and collected from lands within the improvement district. The bonds shall be issued in the name of the district and shall be designated “Bonds of ________ District for Improvement District No. ___” and each bond and all interest coupons shall state that the assessment for the payment thereof shall be limited to annual assessments to be levied upon and collected from the lands within the improvement district, except to the extent that provision for such payment has been made by the board, as may be permitted by law.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23914.
  

Except to the extent that provision has otherwise been made by the board, as may be permitted by law, for the payment of the principal of and interest upon bonds of the district for the improvement district as they become due and also for the payment of the operating expenses of such improvement district, the annual estimate made by the board of the sum required by the district to discharge all of its obligations shall, in addition to the other amounts required to be included therein, include an amount sufficient to pay the principal of bonds of the district for such improvement district and the interest thereon as the same becomes due and also to pay operating expenses for the improvement district.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23915.
  

In addition to the charges authorized to be fixed and collected pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 22280) Chapter 2, Part 5 of this division, the board in lieu, in whole or in part, of raising money for the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds of the district issued for an improvement district or for the operating expenses of the improvement district, may fix and collect charges for the making of water available to the holders of title to land in the improvement district or the occupants thereon. Such additional charges within an improvement district shall be fixed and collected in substantially the same manner and upon the same terms and conditions as is provided in Article 3 (commencing with Section 22280), Chapter 2, Part 5 of this division for charges to be fixed and collected within the entire district, except that such additional charges fixed and collected from an improvement district shall be expended only for the payment of the principal of and interest upon bonds of the district issued for the improvement district or for payment of the operating expenses of the improvement district.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23916.
  

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the provisions of this division applicable to general obligation bonds of the district and assessments therefor shall, so far as consistent with this chapter, apply to general obligation bonds of the district for improvement districts therein.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

23917.
  

The treasurer shall establish a separate fund for general obligation bonds of the district for each improvement district to which shall be apportioned money properly belonging to such general obligation bond fund. The money in any separate general obligation bond fund shall be used for the payment of bonds of the district for the particular improvement district and interest thereon and until the bonded indebtedness of the district therefor is discharged shall not be used for any other purpose.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 580.)

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