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DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

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

PART 6. COOPERATION [23100 - 23465]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 2. Cooperation With United States [23175 - 23302]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

ARTICLE 4. Federal Contract Assessments [23240 - 23245]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

23240.
  

All payments to the United States under any contract between a district and the United States, including payments of interest and principal on bonds deposited with or transferred to the United States, shall be paid, unless otherwise provided by the contract, from revenue derived from annual assessments, apportioned pursuant to this chapter, upon real property within the district assessable for district purposes under the laws of the State, and the real property shall be and remain liable to be assessed and levied upon for the payments.

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

23241.
  

The district by its board shall annually levy an assessment sufficient to raise the money necessary to meet all payments when due as provided in the contract.

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

23242.
  

The assessment required in any year to meet the payment due to the United States for all purposes under the contract may be apportioned in accordance with the benefits. In the ascertainment of the benefits there shall be taken into account:

(a) The provisions of the contract, the applicable Federal laws, and the notices and regulations issued in pursuance of those laws.

(b) In addition, in case the contract is for the assumption by the district as principal or guarantor of indebtedness to the United States theretofore existing on account of district land, the provisions of existing contracts carrying the indebtedness and the amounts of the liens that may be released in pursuance of the contract.

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

23242.4.
  

Where a district makes a contract with the United States for a supply of water or for the payment or repayment of construction costs upon a reclamation project, and the United States has theretofore made individual contracts with landowners or entrymen as to land within the district, and such landowners or entrymen have under such individual contracts paid all or a portion of the charges to be paid to the United States upon construction costs or for a water supply, the assessment required in any year to meet the payment due to the United States for all purposes under the contract may be apportioned in whole or in part in accordance with the benefits received by such landowners or entrymen under the contract between the district and the United States. In the levying of district assessments upon the lands of such landowners or entrymen, the amounts already paid by such landowners or entrymen may be taken into consideration in the levying and equalizing of the assessments to the end that such landowners or entrymen may not be required to pay by way of assessment the amounts that such landowners or entrymen may have already paid to the United States under individual contracts.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1508.)

23242.5.
  

The contract between a district and the United States may, subject to hearing and equalization as provided herein, determine, or provide for the method of computation of, the benefits accruing to each parcel of land within the district from the agreement of the district to pay the construction charges applicable to such lands to the United States; and such determination or provision in the contract may be amended from time to time.

If the district shall determine to apportion the assessment required in any year to meet the payment due to the United States on account of such construction charges in accordance with such benefits it shall establish for each parcel of land an appropriate period of years over which such benefits should be paid (which periods may be different as to different parcels), and thereby determine the amount applicable to the year in question. The annual assessment on each parcel shall be equal to the amount so determined increased by such a percentage as shall, in the opinion of the board, be deemed sufficient to cover anticipated delinquencies.

The secretary shall thereupon include an announcement of apportionment according to benefits in the notice provided for in Section 25550. At the meetings of the board as a board of equalization it may hear and determine objections to the assessment and order any changes that it deems just. Within 15 days after the close of its session as a board of equalization the board shall levy the assessment, the secretary shall transmit a record thereof to the collector, and thereafter the assessment shall be collected as in the case of other district assessments.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1508.)

23243.
  

Public land of the United States within any district shall be subject to assessment for all purposes of this chapter to the extent provided for by the act of Congress approved August 11, 1916, entitled “An act to promote reclamation of arid lands,” or any other law which may hereafter be enacted by Congress in the same relation, upon full compliance therewith by the district.

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

23244.
  

Nothing in this chapter relieves any district from its obligation to pay as a district in case of the default of any land unless so provided by the contract.

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

23245.
  

All money collected in pursuance of the contract shall be paid into the district treasury and held in a fund to be known as the “United States Contract Fund” to be used for payments due to the United States under the contract.

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

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