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DIVISION 13. CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS [34000 - 38501]

  ( Division 13 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

PART 5. POWERS AND PURPOSES [35300 - 35886]

  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

CHAPTER 2. Powers [35400 - 35509]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

ARTICLE 4. Charges [35470 - 35482]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

35470.
  

Any district formed on or after July 30, 1917, may, in lieu in whole or in part of raising money for district purposes by assessment, make water available to the holders of title to land or the occupants thereon, and may fix and collect charges therefor. Pursuant to the notice, protest, and hearing procedures in Section 53753 of the Government Code, the charges may include standby charges to holders of title to land to which water may be made available, whether the water is actually used or not. The charges may vary in different months and in different localities of the district to correspond to the cost and value of the service, and the district may use so much of the proceeds of the charges as may be necessary to defray the ordinary operation or maintenance expenses of the district and for any other lawful district purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 27, Sec. 29. Effective January 1, 2008.)

35470.1.
  

If the procedures set forth in this article as it read at the time a standby charge was established were followed, the district may, by resolution, continue the charge pursuant to this article in successive years at the same rate. If new, increased, or extended assessments are proposed, the board shall comply with the notice, protest, and hearing procedures in Section 53753 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 27, Sec. 30. Effective January 1, 2008.)

35470.5.
  

The district may, by resolution, provide that a penalty not in excess of 10 percent shall be added to water, standby, facility, or other charges which are delinquent, and the delinquent charges shall bear interest at a rate not in excess of 11/2 percent per month. For purposes of this section, the district shall establish the period or date after which the charges shall become delinquent if they remain unpaid. The delinquency dates established in Part 7 (commencing with Section 36550) and Part 7.5 (commencing with Section 37200) for unpaid assessments, which may include standby or other charges for the use of district water that has been made a part of the assessment, shall not apply to the addition of penalties and interest to delinquent charges, pursuant to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 779, Sec. 7. Effective October 10, 1999.)

35471.
  

Any funds derived pursuant to Section 35470 in excess of the amount necessary for operating or maintenance expenses and other lawful district purposes shall be applied by the treasurer upon the payment of interest on general obligation bonds or to create a sinking fund.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1044.)

35472.
  

For the purpose of providing funds to pay revenue bonds and interest when due the board shall fix and collect charges for the sale of water.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390.)

35473.
  

The charges to pay revenue bonds and interest thereon when due shall be fixed by the board before April 1st of each year.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390.)

35474.
  

The charges to pay revenue bonds and interest thereon shall be fixed by the board upon a flat rate per acre or connection or on a metered basis or on a combination of a flat rate and metered basis and shall be sufficient to raise the amount specified on the face of the bonds when issued and one year’s interest thereon unless the district has accumulated a surplus fund in the treasury of the district which is available for the payment of all bonds and interest that will accrue for payment during the current year, in which event the charges may be made so that the aggregate amount to be raised by the sale of water when added to the surplus fund equals the face value of the bonds that will mature within one year and the interest thereon.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 6, Sec. 2. Effective February 4, 1980.)

35475.
  

The charges to pay revenue bonds and interest thereon may include a stand-by or carrying charge notwithstanding the water is not actually used, under such rules and regulations as the board may prescribe.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390.)

35476.
  

The charges to pay revenue bonds and interest thereon may be made payable in advance before service of water is made to the land.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390.)

35477.
  

The collection of charges to pay revenue bonds and interest thereon shall be continued each year until all revenue bonds, together with interest thereon, are fully redeemed and paid.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390.)

35478.
  

All revenue bond redemption and interest charges are a first lien on all revenues received from the sale of water unless the district, by a limitation clearly expressed in the ballots used at the election at which the bonds are voted and in all the bonds, limits the charge and lien to a part of the revenues of the district or to a fixed portion of all revenues from the sale and use of water.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 6, Sec. 3. Effective February 4, 1980.)

35479.
  

The district may elect, if it is using the alternative provisions for levy, collection and enforcement of district assessments by the county as provided in Part 7.5 hereof, to have the county levy and collect standby charges. If the district so elects, it shall certify to the county auditor of each county in which the district is located and the county assessor in each county in which the district is located on or before the fourth Monday in August of each year in which a standby charge is to be levied and collected for the fiscal year commencing on that July 1, the following information for purposes of such levy, assessment and collection:

(a) The amount of the acreage standby charge levied by the district, both by acre and total amount estimated to be collected for the entire district;

(b) The assessee parcels and assessee names for each parcel of land in the district against whom a standby charge is being levied and the acreage assessed to such person according to the district records, and the total amount of the charge to be paid by each assessee parcel.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 357.)

35480.
  

The county assessor and county auditor shall thereafter add to the tax bills for each assessee and assessee parcel as so certified, in addition to the other charges, the standby charges of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1153.)

35481.
  

The county tax collector and treasurer shall thereupon collect, receive and disburse to the district the standby charges as collected with the regular tax payments to the county.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1153.)

35482.
  

No district furnishing water for residential use to a tenant shall seek to recover any charges or penalties for the furnishing of water to or for the tenant’s residential use from any subsequent tenant on account of nonpayment of charges by a previous tenant. The district may, however, require that service to subsequent tenants be furnished on the account of the landlord or property owner.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1251, Sec. 8.)

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