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DIVISION 16. COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICTS [55000 - 55991]

  ( Division 16 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

PART 2. FORMATION [55100 - 55203]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

CHAPTER 3. Hearing [55150 - 55162]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

55150.
  

Any person interested, including any freeholder or qualified voter resident within the proposed district or the owner of any real or personal property located in the proposed district, objecting to the formation of the district, to the extent of the district, to the proposed improvement, or to the inclusion of his property in the district, may file a written protest, setting forth his objections, with the clerk of the board of supervisors at or before the time set for the hearing of the petition.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 285.)

55151.
  

The clerk of the board of supervisors shall endorse on each protest the date of its receipt and, at the time appointed for the hearing, shall present to the board all protests filed with him.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55152.
  

The board shall hear and pass upon the petition and protests at the time appointed, or at any time to which the hearing may be adjourned, and its decision thereon shall be final and conclusive. If protests are made to the formation of the proposed district or to the proposed improvement by any of the qualified voters of the proposed district as of the date of the petition or by the owners of any property which will be subject to taxation for district purposes if the proposed district is formed, then, notwithstanding the denial of any of such protests by the board of supervisors or the fact that the petition is signed by all of the owners of the real property within the proposed district, the board of supervisors shall, if it acquires jurisdiction pursuant to Section 55160, call an election pursuant to Section 55180.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 285.)

55153.
  

If any of the protests against the formation of the district or against the proposed improvement is sustained, no further proceedings shall be had or taken pursuant to the petition, but a new petition for the same or a similar purpose may be filed at any time.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 309.)

55154.
  

If any of the protests are against the extent of the district or against the inclusion of property in the district, the board of supervisors may make such changes in the boundaries of the proposed district as it finds to be proper and advisable and shall define and establish boundaries as changed.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55155.
  

The board of supervisors shall not modify the boundaries so as to exclude from the proposed district any territory which will be benefited by the improvement, and any territory which will not, in the judgment of the board, be benefited by the improvement shall not be included within the proposed district.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55156.
  

The board of supervisors shall not modify the boundaries except after notice of such intention is published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the county and designated by the board for that purpose, describing the proposed modification, and specifying a time for hearing objections to the modification, which time shall be at least 10 days after the publication of the notice.

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

55157.
  

Written objections to the proposed modification may be filed with the clerk of the board of supervisors by any interested person at or before the time set for hearing the objections.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55158.
  

The board of supervisors shall hear and pass upon the objections to the proposed modification at the time appointed, or at any time to which the hearing may be adjourned, and its decision thereon shall be final and conclusive.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55159.
  

If any objection is sustained, no further proceedings pursuant to the petition shall be taken, but a new petition for the same or a similar purpose may be filed at any time.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55160.
  

The board of supervisors shall be deemed to have acquired jurisdiction to proceed further with respect to the formation of a district under any of the following circumstances:

(a) If no protests to the formation of the district are filed at or before the time set for hearing on the formation petition.

(b) If protests are filed and, after hearing, are denied.

(c) If modification of the boundaries of the district is proposed and no objections thereto are filed at or before the time set for hearing objections.

(d) If objections to the modification are filed, and after hearing, are denied.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155.)

55161.
  

If the board of supervisors determines that the formation petition was signed by all of the owners of the real property in the proposed district and if protests are not made to the formation of the proposed district by any of the qualified voters of the proposed district as of the date of the petition or by the owners of any property which will be subject to taxation for district purposes if the proposed district is formed, and if there are no other good and sufficient protests to the formation of the district or if there is no other cause for denying the petition, then the board of supervisors may declare the district formed and direct the issuance of bonds as provided for in the petition.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1882.)

55162.
  

Notwithstanding anything in this division to the contrary, if the board of supervisors finds that protests have been made, prior to the close of the hearing for the formation of the district, by the owners of real property within the proposed district the assessed value of which as shown by the last equalized assessment roll constitute more than one-half of the district’s assessed value of the real property within the proposed district or by the owners of more than one-half of the total acreage within the proposed district, the proceedings shall terminate.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 500.)

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