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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 2.5. Provisions Pertaining Only to the Kern Delta, Cawelo, Rag Gulch, and Kern-Tulare Water Districts [35525 - 35539.4]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2.5 amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 830. )

ARTICLE 2. Powers [35532 - 35538]
  ( Heading of Article 2 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 35. )

35532.
  

The district may contract with any private utility as defined in Sections 1502 and 1506 of the Public Utilities Code, to waive all or any portion of the provisions of Sections 1501 to 1506, inclusive, of the Public Utilities Code. Contracts containing those provisions shall be entered into only upon approval of the Public Utilities Commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1020, Sec. 31. Effective January 1, 1993.)

35533.
  

The board of directors of the district shall have the power, in addition to, and as an alternative to, the powers enumerated elsewhere in this division, to levy and collect ground water charges for the production of water from the ground water supply within the district which will benefit from the recharge of underground water supplies or the distribution of imported water in the district, such power to be exercised in the same manner and the proceeds therefrom to be used for the same purposes as the Kern County Water Agency may levy, collect and use such charges pursuant to Sections 14.21 to 14.37, inclusive, of the Kern County Water Agency Act. Whenever the district exercises any of the powers conferred on it by this section, the following definitions shall be applicable in construing Sections 14.21 to 14.37, inclusive, of the Kern County Water Agency Act:

(a) “Board” as used in such sections means the Board of Directors of the Kern Delta Water District.

(b) “Agency” as used in such sections means the Kern Delta Water District.

(c) “Water year” as used in such sections means July 1 of one calendar year to June 30 of the following calendar year or such other 12-month period as may be adopted by the board of the district.

(d) “Improvement district” as used in such sections shall mean the Kern Delta Water District or any improvement district within the Kern Delta Water District formed pursuant to this division.

(e) The record required by Section 14.31 of the Kern County Water Agency Act shall be called “The Record of Water Production and Ground Water Charges for the Kern Delta Water District.”

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

35534.
  

In addition to, and as an alternative to, the powers contained in this division, zones may be established within the district for the purpose of fixing rates of assessments varying in accordance with the extent of benefits to each zone derived or to be derived from services to the land in each zone arising from the district’s plan of irrigation works and the plan of allocation of imported water in the district.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

35535.
  

No zone shall be established or varying rates of assessments fixed under Section 35534 unless the board by resolution declares that it intends to do so and that a public hearing will be held thereon at a specified day and place where all interested persons may appear and be heard. This resolution shall be published in the district pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code in a newspaper of general circulation published in Kern County, with the first publication to be at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for hearing, and a copy of said resolution shall be mailed, postage prepaid, to each holder of title to land within the district at his address as shown upon the last equalized assessment roll of Kern County. Any error, omission or mistake in such mailing, or any failure of any person to receive such copy, shall not invalidate the proceedings pursuant to this chapter. The hearing may be adjourned from time to time at the discretion of the board and at its conclusion the board shall by resolution determine the zones of benefit established, if any, the share of benefits received by each zone arising from the district’s operations, expressed as a percent, the criteria for establishing each such zone and the percentage expressed, together with a map in such detail to delineate the geographical area of such zone. The zones and the percentages may be amended from time to time or abolished in the same manner required for original adoption.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

35536.
  

The annual statement of expenses filed pursuant to Section 36552 or 37206, as the case may be, shall, in addition to the matters required by such section, contain the amount of expenses to be borne by each zone, which amount shall be computed by multiplying the total expenses by the percentage of benefits accruing to each such zone as so declared by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

35537.
  

The board of supervisors in fixing the rate of assessment authorized by Section 35536 pursuant to Section 36608, or in levying such assessment pursuant to Section 37207, as the case may be, shall fix the rate or levy the assessment upon all lands within each zone sufficient to raise the amount stated in the estimate of the district board to be borne by such zone. Assessments made within such zones of benefit established pursuant to this chapter shall be levied on all lands within such zone of benefit on an ad valorem basis.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

35538.
  

Proceeds from assessments levied pursuant to this chapter may be used to pay any lawful obligation of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1085.)

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