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DIVISION 6. SANITARY DISTRICTS [6400 - 6982]

  ( Division 6 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 1. SANITARY DISTRICT ACT OF 1923 [6400 - 6830]

  ( Heading of Part 1 amended by Stats. 1939, Ch. 1124. )

CHAPTER 2. Formation [6420 - 6466]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

ARTICLE 3. Election on Formation and for Officers [6460 - 6466]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

6460.
  

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this article, the provisions of the chapter of this part on elections govern the election on the question of organizing a district and the election of the first district officers, and the board of supervisors of the county and the county clerk shall perform the duties conferred by that chapter on the district board and its secretary, respectively.

(Enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60.)

6461.
  

A copy of the order shall be posted for four successive weeks prior to the election in three public places in the proposed district at least one of which shall be in each county in which the district is located, and shall be published once a week for four successive weeks prior to the election in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county in which the district is located.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1629.)

6461.1.
  

Within five days after the district formation election has been called, the legislative body which has called the election shall transmit, by registered mail, a written notification of the election call to the executive officer of the local agency formation commission of the county or principal county in which the territory or major portion of the territory of the proposed district is located. Such written notice shall include the name and a description of the proposed district, and may be in the form of a certified copy of the resolution adopted by the legislative body calling the district formation election.

The executive officer, within five days after being notified that a district formation election has been called, shall submit to the commission, for its approval or modification, an impartial analysis of the proposed district formation.

The impartial analysis shall not exceed 500 words in length and shall include a specific description of the boundaries of the district proposed to be formed.

The local agency formation commission, within five days after the receipt of the executive officer’s analysis, shall approve or modify the analysis and submit it to the officials in charge of conducting the district formation election.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6461.2.
  

The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board, or any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens entitled to vote on the district formation proposition, or any combination of such voters and associations of citizens, may file a written argument for or a written argument against the proposed district formation.

Arguments shall not exceed 300 words in length and shall be filed with the officials in charge of conducting the election not less than 54 days prior to the date of the district formation election.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6461.3.
  

If more than one argument for or more than one argument against the proposed district formation is filed with the election officials within the time prescribed, such election officials shall select one of the arguments for printing and distribution to the voters.

In selecting the arguments, the election officials shall give preference and priority in the order named to the arguments of the following:

(a)  The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board.

(b)  Individual voters or bona fide associations of citizens or a combination of such voters and associations.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 736.)

6461.4.
  

The elections officials in charge of conducting the election shall cause a ballot pamphlet concerning the district formation proposition to be voted on to be printed and mailed to each voter entitled to vote on the district formation question.

The ballot pamphlet shall contain the following, in the order prescribed:

(a)  The complete text of the proposition.

(b)  The impartial analysis of the proposition, prepared by the local agency formation commission.

(c)  The argument for the proposed district formation.

(d)  The argument against the proposed district formation.

The elections officials shall mail a ballot pamphlet to each voter entitled to vote in the district formation election at least 10 days prior to the date of the election. The ballot pamphlet is “official matter” within the meaning of Section 13303 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 120. Effective January 1, 1995.)

6462.
  

At least 15 days prior to the election, the board of supervisors shall select one, and may select two or more, polling places in the proposed district, and shall make suitable arrangements for the election.

(Amended by Stats. 1945, Ch. 1337.)

6463.
  

The ballots shall contain the words, “sanitary district: yes,” and “sanitary district: no,” or equivalent words, and the names of the persons to be voted for at the election.

(Enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60.)

6464.
  

At the election there shall be elected an assessor and the members of the board who shall be resident electors of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 155.)

6465.
  

If a majority of the votes cast in each county are in favor of formation of the district, the board of supervisors shall make and cause to be entered in its minutes an order that a district of the name and with the boundaries stated in the order calling the election, setting forth the boundaries, has been established.

The board shall immediately file for record in the office of the county recorder of each county within which the district is located a certified copy of the order declaring the district established.

The order is conclusive evidence of the fact and regularity of all prior proceedings required by this part or by law, and of the existence and validity of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1629.)

6466.
  

If a majority of the votes cast are against formation of the district, the board of supervisors shall by order entered in its minutes so declare, and no other proceeding shall be taken in relation thereto until the expiration of one year from the date of the presentation of the petition to the board of supervisors.

(Enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60.)

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