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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 1. PROPERTY TAXATION [50 - 5911]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

PART 4. LEVY OF TAX [2151 - 2326]

  ( Part 4 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

CHAPTER 3. Reimbursement for Costs Mandated by the State [2201 - 2326]

  ( Heading of Chapter 3 amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1256, Sec. 1.7. )

ARTICLE 1. Definitions [2201 - 2216]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358. )

2201.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions contained in this article govern the construction of this chapter. The definition of a word applies to any variants thereof; the singular tense of a word includes the plural.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2202.
  

“Ad valorem property taxation” means any source of revenue derived from applying a property tax rate to the assessed value of property.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2203.
  

“City” means any city whether general law or charter, except a city and county.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2204.
  

“Classification of property” means any enumeration or grouping of property by a statute which results in it being treated differently from other property for purposes of taxation.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2205.
  

“Costs mandated by the courts” means any increased costs incurred by a local agency or school district in order to comply with a final court order issued after January 1, 1973, or with a final court order issued prior to July 1, 1972, if the costs incurred by a local agency or school district as a result thereof are not incurred until after June 30, 1973. “Costs mandated by the courts” do not include (i) costs incurred as a result of a judgment in an eminent domain or condemnation proceeding, (ii) costs incurred in order to comply with a final court order mandating the specific performance, or awarding damages as a result of nonperformance, of any contract or agreement entered into after January 1, 1973, and (iii) costs incurred as a result of a final court order which requires a local agency or school district to comply with a state-mandated program or service enacted after January 1, 1973, which the court has determined that the local agency or school district has failed to comply with prior to such order.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1256, Sec. 2.)

2206.
  

“Costs mandated by the federal government” means any increased costs mandated specifically by the federal government upon a local agency or school district after January 1, 1973, in order to comply with requirements of federal statute or regulation. “Costs mandated by the federal government” includes costs resulting from enactment of a state law or regulation where failure to enact such law or regulation to meet specific federal program or service requirements would result in substantial monetary penalties or loss of funds to public or private persons in the state. “Costs mandated by the federal government” does not include costs which are specifically reimbursed or funded by the federal or state government or programs or services which may be implemented at the option of the state, local agency, or school district.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1256, Sec. 3.)

2206.5.
  

“Costs mandated by the voters” means any increased costs expressly mandated upon a local agency or school district after September 2, 1975, by any statute or any amendment to the State Constitution adopted or enacted pursuant to the approval of a statewide ballot measure by the voters. “Costs mandated by the voters” does not include costs which are specifically reimbursed or funded by the terms of such ballot measure.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 794.)

2208.
  

“County” means any chartered or general law county. “County” includes a city and county.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2208.5.
  

“School district” means any school district, community college district, or county superintendent of schools.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1135.)

2209.
  

“Executive order” means any order, plan, requirement, rule or regulation issued:

(a) By the Governor, or

(b) By any officer or official serving at the pleasure of the Governor, or

(c) By any agency, department, board or commission of state government; provided that the term “executive order” shall not include any order, plan, requirement, rule or regulation issued by the State Water Resources Control Board or by any regional water quality control board pursuant to Division 7 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Water Code.

It is the intent of the Legislature that the State Water Resources Control Board and regional water quality control boards will not adopt enforcement orders against publicly owned dischargers which mandate major waste water treatment facility construction costs unless federal financial assistance and state financial assistance pursuant to the Clean Water Bond Act of 1970 and 1974, is simultaneously made available.

“Major” means either a new treatment facility or an addition to an existing facility, the cost of which is in excess of 20 percent of the cost of replacing the facility.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 486.)

2210.
  

“Law enacted after January 1, 1973,” means any statute enacted by the Legislature after January 1, 1973.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 486.)

2211.
  

“Local agency” means any city, county, special district, authority or other political subdivision of the state.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 242, Sec. 8. Effective July 21, 1981.)

2212.
  

“Percentage change in the cost of living” means the percentage change from April 1 of the prior year to April 1 of the current year in the California Consumer Price Index for all items, as determined by the California Department of Industrial Relations.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2213.
  

“Property tax rate” means any rate of tax or assessment which is levied per unit of assessed value of property. “Property tax rate” includes any rate or assessment which is levied on the value of land only, as well as any rate or assessment which is levied on the value of land and improvements.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2214.
  

“Sales tax exemption” means any provision which causes a reduction in revenue to a city or county under Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 2.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

2215.
  

“Special district” means any agency of the state for the local performance of governmental or proprietary functions within limited boundaries. “Special district” includes a county service area, a maintenance district or area, an improvement district or improvement zone, or any other zone or area, formed for the purpose of designating an area within which a property tax rate will be levied to pay for a service or improvement benefiting that area. “Special district” does not include a city, a county, a school district or a community college district. “Special district” does not include any agency which is not authorized by statute to levy a property tax rate or receive an allocation of property tax revenues. However, for the purpose of the allocation of property taxes pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 95) of Part 0.5, and notwithstanding Section 2237, any special district authorized to levy a property tax or receive an allocation of property tax by the statute under which the district was formed shall be considered a special district.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 643, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2007.)

2216.
  

County free libraries established pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 27151) of Division 20 of the Education Code; areas receiving county fire protection services pursuant to Section 25643 of the Government Code; and county road districts established pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 1550) of Division 2 of the Streets and Highways Code, shall be considered “special districts” for all purposes of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 358.)

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