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DIVISION 16. COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICTS [55000 - 55991]

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

PART 4. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS [55500 - 55720]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

CHAPTER 2. Bonds [55520 - 55679]

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

ARTICLE 6. Zones [55650 - 55679]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 155. )

55650.
  

Zones may be established within a district for any of the following purposes:

(a) Incurring a bonded indebtedness within the zone sufficient to pay the cost of constructing a water system and any other necessary improvements incidental thereto for the purpose of supplying the inhabitants of the zone with water, where the water system and the improvements, in the judgment of the board, will not be of district-wide benefit, and levying a special tax within the zone for the payment of the principal and interest on the bonds.

(b) Fixing and collecting special rates or charges for the use and supply of water furnished by the system of the district within the zone, and applying the receipts from the special rates or charges to the expense of constructing a water system, replacing a water system, acquiring an existing water system, or extending or enlarging the mains of an existing water system, where, in the judgment of the board, the improvement will not be of district-wide benefit.

(c) Incurring a bonded indebtedness and levying a special tax within the zone for payment of the principal and interest on the bonds or fixing and collecting special rates or charges to finance the construction, maintenance, and operation of sewage collection and treatment facilities and disposal of effluent therefrom, where, in the judgment of the board, the improvement will not be of district-wide benefit.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 394.)

55651.
  

Zones may be established within the district by either of the following methods:

(1) A petition for the formation of a zone within a district may be presented to the board, signed by owners representing at least 25 percent of the total assessed valuation of the real property within the proposed zone as shown by the last equalized assessment roll of the county, or by not less than 25 percent of the taxpayers residing within the proposed zone.

(2) A resolution may be adopted by the board containing the matters required by Section 55652. If bonds are proposed to be issued under the authority of Section 55677, the resolution shall state the amount of the proposed indebtedness, the maximum maturity date, and the maximum interest rate.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 365.)

55652.
  

The petition shall contain:

(a) The boundaries of the proposed zone.

(b) A general description of the improvement desired.

(c) An estimate of the cost of the proposed improvement and of the incidental expenses in connection therewith.

(d) Either:

(1) A request that an election be called in the proposed zone for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters thereof the proposition of establishing the zone and incurring a bonded indebtedness therein, the principal and interest of which shall be paid by special taxes levied on the taxable property in the zone, to pay the cost and expense of the proposed improvement; or

(2) A request that an election be called in the proposed zone for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters thereof the proposition of establishing the zone and fixing and collecting special rates or charges therein for the use and supply of water and applying the receipts therefrom to the cost and expense of the proposed improvement. If the petition contains such a request, it shall specify the maximum rate or charge permissible and the length of time during which the special rates or charges may be made.

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

55653.
  

The petition shall be accompanied by a map showing the exterior boundaries of the district and of the proposed zone and containing a general description of the proposed improvement.

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

55654.
  

The failure of the petition to contain any of the matters specified in Sections 55651 and 55652 shall not affect the legality of the establishment of the zone if it is thereafter established.

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

55655.
  

The petition shall be presented at a regular meeting of the board, and the board shall thereupon set a time for hearing the petition, which time shall be not less than 21 days nor more than 30 days after the date of presentation of the petition.

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

55656.
  

Notice of the filing and hearing of the petition shall be given by the clerk of the board by publishing in the county pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code a notice containing a copy of the petition, stating when the petition was filed, and specifying the time set for the hearing of the petition and protests of interested parties.

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

55657.
  

The clerk shall also cause a notice, similar in substance, to be posted in three of the most public places within the proposed zone.

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

55658.
  

The date set for the hearing shall be at least 13 days after the date of the posting and the date of last publication of the notice.

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

55659.
  

A copy of the petition shall be filed with the county engineer of waterworks districts, or district engineer if one has been appointed, at least two weeks before the petition is presented to the board. The county engineer of waterworks districts or district engineer, as the case may be, shall prepare and file with the board, at least one week before the date set for the hearing on the petition, a report containing cost estimates and preliminary plans and specifications for the proposed improvements, together with any recommendations as to the boundaries of the proposed zone, and any other pertinent information relating to the feasibility of the proposed improvements or proposed zone. The engineer’s report shall be available in the office of the board for public inspection, and may be considered by the board at the hearing on the petition.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 674.)

55660.
  

At the time fixed for the hearing, the board shall hear and pass upon the petition and any protests in writing that have been filed with the clerk before or at the time set for the hearing, and its decision thereon shall be final and conclusive.

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

55661.
  

If the board determines that the proposed improvement will be of district-wide benefit, the proceedings shall terminate, and the proposed zone shall not be established.

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

55662.
  

If the board determines that the proposed improvement will not be of district-wide benefit, the board may make such changes in the boundaries of the proposed zone as may be deemed advisable and shall define and establish the boundaries, but shall not modify the boundaries so as to exclude from the proposed zone any territory which will be benefited by the improvement, nor to include in the proposed zone any territory which, in its judgment, will not be benefited by the proposed improvement.

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

55663.
  

The board shall not modify the boundaries except after notice of its intention has been 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.)

55664.
  

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

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

55665.
  

The board shall hear and pass upon the objections 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.)

55666.
  

If the objections, or any of them, be 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.)

55667.
  

If no protests are filed, or if all protests filed are heard and denied, or if authorized modifications are made in the boundaries of the proposed zone and the boundaries are finally established, the board shall have jurisdiction to proceed.

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

55668.
  

If the board determines that the petition is signed by owners representing at least 60 percent of the total assessed valuation of the real property within the proposed zone as shown by the last equalized assessment roll of the county, or by at least 60 percent of the taxpayers resident within the proposed zone, as its boundaries shall have been established upon the hearing on the petition, the board may by resolution reciting the finding declare that an election is unnecessary and that the zone is established.

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

55668.5.
  

Notwithstanding Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 2201) of Part 4 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation code, or any other provisions of law to the contrary, the board may levy, without an election, a tax rate within a zone to pay the cost of interest and redemption charges on bonded indebtedness incurred prior to July 1, 1974, where a valid petition is presented pursuant to Section 55668.

This section shall only apply the Ventura County Waterworks District No. 1. It is hereby declared to be necessary to enact this special law with respect to such district because of special facts and circumstances existing therein:

It has recently been discovered that due to the lowering of the water table, ranchers in certain areas of Ventura County are threatened with drought and a loss of crops. In order to expedite the provision of water to the areas, the landowners in the areas petitioned for annexation to Ventura County Waterworks District No. 1, for the formation of improvement zones, and for authorization of bonded indebtedness. Registered voters and owners of land approved such actions, and the Board of Supervisors of Ventura County approves. In order to insure, however, that the bonds may be immediately sold without the requirement of an election, it is necessary to exempt the district from the provisions of Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 2201) of Part 4 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code with respect to such bonded indebtedness. Thus, this special law is necessary in order to permit bonds to be sold and water to be provided to the affected areas in time to avoid severe crop losses in the area.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

55669.
  

The board shall thereupon be authorized to issue bonds of the zone, to fix and collect special rates or charges, as prayed for in the petition, and proceed with the proposed improvement.

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

55670.
  

If the petition for formation of the zone is signed by owners representing less than 60 percent of the total assessed valuation of the real property within the proposed zone as shown by the last equalized assessment roll of the county, and by less than 60 percent of the taxpayers resident within the proposed zone, as its boundaries shall have been established upon the hearing on the petition, or if for any other reason the board deems it advisable to conduct an election, the board shall by resolution order that a special election be held in the proposed zone to determine whether or not the zone shall be established.

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

55671.
  

The board shall appoint three qualified electors residing in the proposed zone to conduct the election.

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

55672.
  

The election shall be called by posting in three of the most public places in the proposed zone, and by publishing in the county pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code, a notice specifying the time, place and purposes of the election, and giving the purposes and boundaries of the proposed zone.

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

55673.
  

The date set for the election shall be at least 13 days after the date of the posting and the date of last publication of the notice. No other notice of the election need be given.

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

55674.
  

The election shall be conducted in accordance with the general election laws of this State, where applicable.

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

55675.
  

The proposition submitted shall be in accordance with the petition and shall be either:

(a) “Shall the proposed zone described in the resolution of the board of ________ adopted on the ________ day of ________, 19___, be established within County Waterworks District No. ___, and shall the zone incur a bonded indebtedness in the sum of ________ dollars ($________) for the purpose of (stating the purpose for which the amount so raised is to be used)?” or

(b) “Shall the proposed zone described in the resolution of the board of ________ adopted on the ___ day of ________, 19___, be established within County Waterworks District No. ____, and shall special rates or charges for (the use and supply of water or sewage facilities, as the case may be), not to exceed ________, be fixed and collected in the zone for the period of time not to exceed ________, to pay the cost and expense of (describing generally the proposed improvement)?”

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 394.)

55676.
  

If 60 percent of the votes cast at the election are in favor of the zone, and of incurring the bonded indebtedness, or fixing and collecting the special rates or charges, as the case may be, the board shall by resolution establish the zone.

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

55677.
  

Upon the establishment of the zone the board shall be authorized and empowered to issue bonds of the zone, or to fix and collect special rates and charges, as voted on at the election, and to proceed with the proposed improvement.

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

55678.
  

The provisions in this division for the form, issuance, and sale of bonds, the levying and collecting of taxes for the payment thereof and of other matters relating to bonds of the district shall govern in the case of bonds authorized by proceedings under this article except that all taxes for payment of interest and principal on the bonds shall be levied solely upon the taxable property within the zone.

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

55679.
  

The taxes and special rates or charges authorized by this article are in addition to all other taxes and rates or charges authorized by this division, and shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 55108, 55182, and 55702.

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

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