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DIVISION 9. RESOURCE CONSERVATION [9001 - 9972]

  ( Division 9 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 513. )

CHAPTER 3. Resource Conservation Districts [9151 - 9491]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 513. )

ARTICLE 3. Election and Formation [9181 - 9190]
  ( Article 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5. )

9181.
  

(a) If the local agency formation commission approves the formation of a district, with or without amendment, wholly, partially, or conditionally, the executive officer shall mail a copy of the resolution of the commission’s determinations to the board of supervisors of each county within which territory of the proposed district lies. Within 35 days following the adoption of the commission’s resolution, the board of supervisors shall call and give notice of the election to be held in the proposed district. If the proposed district lies in more than one county, the board of supervisors shall call and give notice of the election to be held in the territory of the proposed district which lies in that county.

(b) The election shall be held on the next regular or special election date not less than 113 nor more than 150 days after the date the board of supervisors calls and gives notice of the election.

(c) Notice of the election shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code in a newspaper of general circulation circulated within the territory of the proposed district which lies in the county.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

9182.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 9181, if the board of supervisors of the principal county finds that the petition filed with the executive officer of the local agency formation commission pursuant to Section 9165 has been signed by not less than 80 percent of the registered voters residing within the area to be included within the district, the board may dispense with an election, adopt the resolution required pursuant to Section 9188, and designate the members of the board of directors pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 9201).

(b) Notwithstanding Section 9181, if the local agency formation commission approves a consolidation or reorganization pursuant to Section 56839 of the Government Code which results in the formation of a district without an election, the commission may designate the members of the board of directors from the membership of the board of directors of any of the consolidated or reorganized districts pursuant to subdivision (k) of Section 56844 of the Government Code. The terms of office of the directors shall be determined pursuant to Section 10505 of the Elections Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 172. Effective January 1, 1995.)

9183.
  

(a) Within five days after the district formation election has been called, the board of supervisors of each county within which territory of the proposed district lies shall transmit by registered mail a written notification of the election call to the executive officer of the local agency formation commission of the principal county. The 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 board of supervisors calling the district formation election.

(b) The executive officer of the local agency formation commission shall submit an impartial analysis of the proposed district formation to the officials in charge of conducting the district formation election, pursuant to Section 56859 of the Government Code.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

9184.
  

(a) (1) The chief petitioners, the agency filing the resolution, or any member or members of the board of supervisors authorized by the board, any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens entitled to vote on the district formation proposition, or any combination of these voters and associations of citizens, may file with the elections official of the principal county a written argument for or a written argument against the proposed district formation.

(2) Arguments shall not exceed 300 words in length. Based on the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the text of the proposition, analysis, arguments, and sample ballots and to permit the 10-day public examination period as provided in Section 9190 of the Elections Code for the particular election, the elections official of the principal county shall fix and determine a reasonable date prior to the election after which no arguments for or against the measure may be submitted for printing and distribution to the voters, pursuant to Section 9185. Notice of the date fixed shall be published by the elections official pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code. Arguments may be changed until and including the date fixed by the elections official.

(b) If more than one argument for or more than one argument against the proposed district formation is filed with the elections official within the time prescribed, the elections official shall select one of the arguments for printing and distribution to the voters.

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

(1) Chief petitioners, or the agency filing the resolution.

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

(3) Individual voters, or bona fide associations of citizens or a combination of these voters and associations.

(c) When the elections official of the principal county has selected the arguments for and against the measure which will be printed and distributed to the voters, he or she shall send copies of the argument in favor of the measure to the authors of the argument against, and copies of the argument against to the authors of the argument in favor. The authors may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words. The rebuttal arguments shall be filed with the elections official of the principal county not more than 10 days after the final date for filing direct arguments. Rebuttal arguments shall be printed in the same manner as the direct arguments. Each rebuttal argument shall immediately follow the direct argument which it seeks to rebut, and shall be titled “Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure (or Proposition) ____” or “Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure (or Proposition) ____,” the blank spaces being filled in only with the letter or number, if any, designating the measure. Words used in the title shall not be counted when determining the length of any rebuttal argument.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 173. Effective January 1, 1995.)

9185.
  

(a) 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 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. Section 9190 of the Elections Code shall apply to the materials required to be contained in the ballot pamphlet.

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

(1) The complete text of the proposition.

(2) The impartial analysis of the proposition, submitted by the executive officer of the local agency formation commission.

(3) The argument for the proposed district formation.

(4) The rebuttal to the argument in favor of the proposed district formation.

(5) The argument against the proposed district formation.

(6) The rebuttal to the argument against the proposed district formation.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 174. Effective January 1, 1995.)

9186.
  

The notice of the election published pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 9181 shall contain all of the following:

(a) The date of the election.

(b) The name of the proposed district.

(c) The purposes for which the district is to be formed.

(d) A statement that the first directors will be elected at that election or will be appointed, as the case may be, if the district is formed.

(e) A description of the boundaries of the proposed district.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

9187.
  

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the formation election and the election of members of the district board shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Uniform District Election Law (Part 4 (commencing with Section 10500) of Division 10 of the Elections Code).

(b) If less than a majority of the votes cast at the election is in favor of forming the district, the board of supervisors of the principal county shall declare the proceedings terminated.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 175. Effective January 1, 1995.)

9188.
  

If the majority of the votes cast at the election is in favor of forming the district, the board or boards of supervisors shall by resolution entered on its minutes declare the district duly organized under this division, giving the name of the district, and the purposes for which it is formed, and describing its boundaries. If the district lies in more than one county, the clerk of the board of supervisors of the principal county shall transmit a certified copy of the resolution to the clerk of the board of supervisors of each of the other counties in which the district lies.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

9189.
  

Immediately after adoption of a resolution pursuant to Section 9188, the clerk of the board of supervisors of the principal county shall transmit a certified copy of the resolution along with a remittance to cover the fees required by Section 54902.5 of the Government Code to the executive officer of the local agency formation commission. The executive officer shall complete the proceedings pursuant to Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 57200) of Part 4 of Division 3 of Title 5 of the Government Code.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

9190.
  

(a) No informality in any proceeding, including informality in the conduct of any election not substantially affecting adversely the legal rights of any person, shall invalidate the formation of any district.

(b) The validity of the formation and organization of a district shall not be contested in any proceeding commenced more than 60 days after the date that the formation of the district is complete.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 831, Sec. 5.)

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