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TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 - 57607]

  ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )


  ( Division 2 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )


  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

CHAPTER 4. Financial Affairs [53600 - 53997]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

ARTICLE 13. Priority of Special Assessment Liens [53930 - 53937]
  ( Article 13 added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465. )


The purpose of this article is to make uniform the priority of special assessment liens. Therefore, its provisions shall be controlling over general and special laws, and over city charters and improvement procedure codes adopted pursuant to city charters.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


All special assessments in which the amount thereof is apportioned among the several parcels of land assessed shall constitute a lien in said respective amounts upon the several parcels assessed, which lien shall continue for the period of time provided in the Civil Code for enforcing same.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


From and after the time for filing or recording the assessment, as provided in the law pursuant to which it is levied, it shall impart notice to all persons.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


The lien of the special assessment, whether or not bonds have been or are to be issued to represent the unpaid assessments, shall be subordinate to all fixed special assessment liens previously imposed upon the same property, but shall have priority over all fixed special assessment liens which may thereafter be created against the property.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


The lien of a reassessment or a refunding assessment shall be the same as the original assessment to which it relates. A supplemental assessment is a new assessment.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


The lien of said assessments shall be coequal to and independent of the lien for general taxes, and, except as provided in Section 53936, not subject to extinguishment by the sale of the property on account of the nonpayment of any taxes, and prior and superior to all liens, claims and encumbrances except (a) the lien for general taxes or ad valorem assessments in the nature of and collected as taxes levied by the state or any county, city, special district or other local agency; (b) the lien of any special assessment or assessments the lien date of which is prior in time to the lien date of the assessment for which the deed is issued; (c) easements constituting servitudes upon or burdens to said lands; (d) water rights, the record title to which is held separately from the title to said lands; (e) restrictions of record.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 679.)


When, pursuant to any law, the installments of any fixed lien special assessment are collected on the roll on which the general taxes of the local agency which levied said assessment are collected, and are collected in the same manner, at the same time, in the same installments, and become payable at the same times, in the same proportionate amounts, bear the same penalties and interest after delinquency, and are subject to the same provisions for redemption or sale, as do general taxes of the local agency, the property affected may be sold for both taxes and the installment of principal and interest of the assessment collected therewith, or for said assessment installment, and the sale thereof shall extinguish said installment.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)


All special ad valorem assessments shall have the same priority as taxes, and Section 53936 shall apply to the installments thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1465.)

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