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DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

PART 10. ASSESSMENTS [25500 - 26677]

  ( Part 10 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 3. Assessment Rate [25800 - 25835]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

ARTICLE 2. Special Rate [25825 - 25835]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

25825.
  

Any person having an interest in any land within the district may file with the secretary a verified petition alleging all of the following:

(a) His land or a described portion of it was when it became a part of the district irrigated from another system of works than the works of or proposed for the district.

(b) It has continued ever since to be exclusively so irrigated.

(c) It is entitled to a special rate of assessment.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25825.1.
  

Within the Madera Irrigation District only, any person having an interest in any land within the district may file with the secretary, in lieu of the petition authorized by Section 25825, a verified petition alleging as to such land all of the following:

(a) It is served by a municipal water supply.

(b) It is entitled to a special rate of assessment.

The procedure for any such petition shall be in accordance with this article.

A city whose area or any portion thereof is located within the boundaries of the Madera Irrigation District may petition the district to establish a special rate for the land in such city area on the basis that such area is served by a municipal water supply and is not susceptible of irrigation and therefore not benefited in a sufficient manner to justify assessment at the regular rate. The procedure for any such petition shall be in accordance with this article.

After the conclusion of the hearing as provided in Section 25831, if the board finds that any of the land described in any petition is served by a municipal water supply and is not and will not be benefited to the same extent as other lands by the operations of the district or in a manner that would justify its assessment at the regular rate of assessment, the board may adjust the rate of assessment on the land in an order entered in full upon its minutes.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 422.)

25825.2.
  

(a) Within the Solano Irrigation District only, any person having an interest in any land within the district may file with the secretary, in lieu of the petition authorized by Section 25825, a verified petition alleging as to such land the following:

(1) His land, or a described portion of it, was, when it became a part of the district, irrigated from another system of works than the works of, or proposed for, the district and it has continued ever since to be so irrigated; or

(2) His land or a described portion of it was used on January 1, 1975, for residential purposes and has, after the date upon which it became part of the district as a result of the acts of a governmental entity other than the district, been irrigated or supplied water wholly or partially from a water system owned entirely by such other governmental entity; or

(3) His land or a described portion of it has never received water service from the district of any nature and the board of directors of the district has not at any time prior to filing the petition adopted a plan for future service of water to such lands, which plan may provide for the landowner to pay all costs of providing facilities to transport water from the nearest point at which the district has water available to the lands made subject to the petition; and

(4) It is appropriate to apply a special rate of assessment as provided in subdivision (c).

(b) The procedure for any such petition shall be in accordance with this article. Except that, notwithstanding other provisions of law, the notice required by this article shall be published in at least one newspaper of general circulation printed in every incorporated city with common bounds with the district and the notice shall be posted at the courthouse in Solano County, in each office of the district, and in the city hall of every incorporated city with common bounds with the district. Such publication costs incurred by the district shall be paid by the petitioner in addition to any other fee provided by this article or by law.

(c) After the conclusion of the hearing as provided in Section 25831, if the board finds that any of the land described in any petition has been irrigated, supplied as alleged or no plan for future service has been adopted, and the lands made subject to the petition are not and will not be benefited by the operations of the district in a manner that would justify their assessment at the regular rate of assessment, then the board shall determine the average annual dollar value of the benefits to the lands made subject to the petition and shall thence determine the rate necessary to raise such sum through assessments, which shall be at a rate lower than the regular rate of assessment, and the board shall enter in the minutes an order declaring the following:

(1) A finding as to the average annual dollar value of the benefits provided by the district to the lands made subject to the petition; and

(2) The assessed value of the lands made subject to the petition according to the most recent district roll; and

(3) The rate of assessment required to collect such amount specified in subdivision (1), including allowance for delinquencies as provided in Section 25801 of the Water Code of the State of California.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 25835, the special rate of assessment shall be changed only as necessary to allow for the collection of the average annual dollar value of the benefits provided to the lands made subject to the petition. If, on the petition of owners of the land made subject to a special rate or on the motion of the district itself, it is sought to redetermine the average annual dollar value of the benefits provided by the district, the determination of the board shall not be changed until notice of another hearing shall be advertised and such hearing held as provided in this article. In any action to redetermine the special rate of assessment pursuant to this subdivision initiated by the district, the district shall pay the publication costs as set forth in this section.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 710.)

25825.3.
  

(a) Within the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District only, any person having an interest in any land within the district may file with the secretary, in lieu of the petition authorized by Section 25825, a verified petition alleging it is appropriate to apply a special rate of assessment to that land and, as to that land, one of the following is applicable:

(1) His or her land, or a described portion of it, is used for residential or commercial purposes and has, for five years immediately prior to the date of filing a petition pursuant to this section, been irrigated or supplied water, wholly or partially, from a water system not owned or operated by the district.

(2) For five years immediately prior to the date of filing a petition pursuant to this section, his or her land, or a described portion of it, has never received water service from the district of any nature and the board of directors of the district has not, at any time prior to filing the petition, adopted a plan for future service of water to the lands, which plan may provide for the landowner to pay all costs of providing facilities to transport water from the nearest point at which the district has water available to the lands made subject to the petition.

(3) For five years immediately prior to the date of filing a petition pursuant to this section, his or her land, or a described portion of it, was served with water received from wells not owned, maintained, or operated by the district and which land and wells are not supplied water of any nature from the district, including, but not limited to, surface, subsurface, or seepage waters, which waters would be suitable for agricultural or domestic purposes.

(b) The procedure for any petition to which this section applies shall be in accordance with this article.

(c) After the conclusion of a hearing as provided in Section 25831, if the board finds that any of the land described in any petition has been supplied as alleged or no plan for future service has been adopted, and the lands made subject to the petition are not and will not be benefited by the operations of the district in a manner that would justify their assessment at the regular rate of assessment, then the board shall adjust the rate of assessment on the land made subject to the petition in an order entered in full upon its minutes.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 714, Sec. 458.)

25826.
  

The petition shall request that the board determine what proportion of the regular rates of assessment in the district should be used in levying assessments on the land described in the petition.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25827.
  

A fee of ten dollars ($10) shall be paid to the secretary before the filing of each petition for a special rate of assessment. The money shall be applied to the cost of the publication of the notice and other expenses of the hearing. If there is any balance after the conclusion of the hearing, it shall be returned to the petitioner or divided among the petitioners contributing thereto in proportion to the respective areas described in their petitions.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25828.
  

The board shall set a time and place for the hearing of a petition for a special rate of assessment or of all the petitions if more than one has been filed and shall give notice of it in a newspaper published in the office county.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25829.
  

The notice for a special rate of assessment hearing shall state all of the following:

(a) Petitions have been presented to the board praying for a determination that certain land, which need not be described in the notice, is entitled to a special rate of assessment.

(b) The names of the petitioners.

(c) The time and place set for the hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25830.
  

The board shall meet at the time and place set for the hearing and proceed in the order it deems proper to hear the petitions and shall hear all competent and relevant evidence offered in support of any petition or in opposition to it and may adjourn the hearing from time to time.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25831.
  

After the conclusion of the hearing, if the board finds that any of the land described in any petition has been irrigated as alleged and is not and will not be benefited by the operations of the district in a manner that would justify its assessment at the regular rate of assessment, the board shall reduce the rate of assessment on the land in an order entered in full upon its minutes.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25832.
  

The order shall:

(a) Describe the land entitled to a special rate of assessment or the respective parcels of it if separate parcels are to be assessed.

(b) Fix the proportion of the regular rate of assessment which shall be applied in levying assessments on the land described or on each parcel of it if various parcels are found to be entitled to different special rates in order that the assessments to be levied on this land will be proportionate with the benefits which it receives or will receive from the operations of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25833.
  

A certified copy of an order determining that any land is entitled to a special rate of assessment shall be delivered to the assessor, and thereafter, until notified of a change in the determination, he shall enter the land described in the order separately in the assessment book and designate it so that it may readily be distinguished from other land not entitled to a special rate.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25834.
  

If a determination that any land is entitled to a special rate of assessment is made in any year too late for the land to be separately described in the assessment book but before the annual assessment has been levied, the board shall direct the secretary to make entries in the assessment book that will enable him to compute the assessments at the special rates determined by the board.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

25835.
  

The determination of the board granting or denying a special rate of assessment shall not be changed unless the board on petition of a party affected consents to another hearing or on its own motion causes notice to be served on the owner of the land to show cause why the determination should not be changed, in either of which cases another hearing shall be advertised and held as provided in this article.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

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