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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 2.75. Provisions Pertaining Only to Lost Hills Water District [35540 - 35554]

  ( Chapter 2.75 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63. )

ARTICLE 1. Plan of Water Allocation [35540 - 35553]
  ( Heading of Article 1 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 33, Sec. 1. )

35540.
  

The provisions of this chapter shall apply only to the Lost Hills Water District as a member unit of the Kern County Water Agency.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35541.
  

(a) As an alternative to, and in addition to, the methods in this division provided for the apportionment of water, the district may adopt a plan of water allocation which may include a provision that the holders of title to lands within a designated area of the district, not at the time receiving delivery of water purchased by the district under long-term contract with the Kern County Water Agency by means of district-provided facilities, shall have no right in the future to have allocated to them, as the holders of title to lands within the designated area, any part of the water which will thereafter be made available to the district under contracts between the district and the Kern County Water Agency in effect at the time of approval of the plan. The plan shall provide that the lands within that designated area of the district shall not thereafter be assessed by the district, or by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Kern on behalf of the district, for the purpose of providing funds to pay any part of the district’s obligation to the Kern County Water Agency under contracts between the district and that agency in effect at the time of approval of the plan or for the purpose of providing funds to pay either the principal of bonds or interest on bonds of the district sold after approval of the plan, excepting, however, bonds sold for the purpose of providing funds to construct irrigation works wholly or partially for the benefit of the designated area.

(b) No such plan shall affect the power of the Kern County Water Agency to levy a tax or assessment pursuant to Section 11652 or to levy assessments under the provisions of the Kern County Water Agency Act (Chapter 1003 of the Statutes of 1961, as amended) against all lands within the district nor shall any such plan constitute or be given effect as a limitation upon the power of any bondholder or other creditor of the district to enforce rights existing at the time of approval of the plan.

(c) The plan shall provide that for so long as the lands within the designated area receive no benefits from the district, they shall not be assessed for district purposes, except to the extent required to pay principal of bonds and interest on bonds of the district sold prior to approval of the plan. The plan may provide for relief from the payment of principal of bonds and interest on bonds sold prior to the approval of the plan if the district makes other adequate provision for the payment thereof.

(d) The plan may further provide that the holders of title to lands within the designated portion of the district shall have the right to purchase from the district, from time to time, as the same is available to the district, water which the district may acquire, other than under long-term contract between the district and the Kern County Water Agency in effect at the time of approval of the plan, at a cost which shall not include in its computation any part of the district’s obligation to pay for contract entitlement water under long-term contract between the district and the Kern County Water Agency in effect at the time of the approval of the plan, but which shall include a pro rata share of the cost of district administration.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 33, Sec. 2. Effective May 31, 1989.)

35542.
  

A plan adopted or approved pursuant to the provisions of this chapter may be changed, supplemented, amended, or rescinded in the manner herein provided for the adoption and approval of an original plan.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35543.
  

Before adopting such a plan the board shall make or cause to be made a report setting forth the proposed plan.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35544.
  

Before adopting such a plan the board shall pass a resolution of intention stating the following:

(a) The intention of the board to adopt a plan for distribution and use within the district of water available to the district under existing contract or contracts with the Kern County Water Agency under which plan such water will not be made available to a designated area within the district.

(b) A brief description of the plan proposed to be adopted.

(c) A description of the area within the district to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan.

(d) That a copy of the plan and of a map showing the area within the district to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, which map shall govern for all details as to the extent of the area to which water deliveries will be curtailed, is on file with the secretary of the district and is available for inspection by any person or persons interested.

(e) The time and place of hearing by the board in regard to the proposed plan.

(f) That at such time and place any person interested, including all persons owning land within the district or in the area within the district to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, may appear and be heard and written protests, if any, will be considered.

(g) A statement of the substance of Sections 35546, 35547, 35548, 35549, and 35550.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35545.
  

Notice of the hearing shall be given by publishing a copy of the resolution of intention provided for in Section 35544 in a newspaper of general circulation, published in Kern County, California, pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code, the first publication to be at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for hearing. Notice of the hearing shall also be given by posting certified copies of such resolution of intention in three public places within the area within the district to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan for at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for hearing. Notice of the hearing shall also be given by mailing, by certified mail, a certified copy of such resolution of intention to each holder of title to lands within the area within the district to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan as shown in the last equalized assessment book of the district, except, that, in the event an assessment for the district shall not have been made and levied for the year in which such hearing is to be held, the last equalized assessment roll for the County of Kern shall be used in place of the assessment book of the district. Such mailing shall be completed not less than 14 days prior to the hearing. No notice of such hearing, other than that required by this section, need be given.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35546.
  

At any time, not later than the hour set for hearing on such resolution of intention, any holder of title to land to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan may make written protest. Such protest shall be in writing, shall contain a description of the property in which each signer has an interest sufficient to identify the same, and, if any signer is not shown on the last equalized assessment book of the district or, if used as the basis for the mailing of notice, the last equalized assessment roll of Kern County, such protest shall contain or be accompanied by written evidence that such signer is the owner of such property or of an interest therein. All such protests shall be delivered to the secretary of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35547.
  

At the time set for hearing protests, the board shall hear and pass upon all protests made as provided for in Section 35546, and its decision shall be final and conclusive. The board may adjourn the hearing from time to time, and any written protest may be withdrawn by the holder of title making the same in writing at any time prior to the conclusion of the hearing or any such adjournment thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35548.
  

If a written protest is made pursuant to Section 35546 against the proposed plan and the board finds that the protest represents more than one-half of the assessed value of the lands to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, and such protests are not withdrawn so as to reduce the same to less than a majority of such assessed value, the proceedings shall be terminated and no further proceedings may be taken with respect to such plan or any modification thereof for a period of one year from the time of the decision of the board on the hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35549.
  

If a written protest is made pursuant to Section 35546 against the proposed plan and the board finds that the protest represents less than one-half but more than 10 percent of the assessed value of the lands to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, and such protests are not withdrawn to reduce the same to less than 10 percent of such assessed value, the board may adopt such plan subject to approval thereof by the holders of title to the lands to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan at a special election to be held for such purpose. Such election shall be called, noticed, held, conducted and the results thereof shall be canvassed in substantially the same manner as provided in this division for the calling, noticing, holding, conducting, and canvassing of general obligation bond elections.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35550.
  

If no written protest is made pursuant to Section 35546 against the proposed plan or if a written protest is made pursuant to Section 35546 and the board finds that the protest represents less than 10 percent of the assessed value of the lands to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, then, at the conclusion of the hearing, the board may, by resolution, adopt and approve such plan.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35551.
  

The last equalized assessment book of the district shall be used as a basis for determining the assessed value of lands to which delivery of water would be curtailed under the proposed plan, excepting, however, if no assessment for the district shall have been made and levied for the year in which the hearing is held, the last equalized assessment roll of the County of Kern shall be used for such purpose in place of the assessment book of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35552.
  

If a majority of the votes cast at an election held pursuant to the provisions of Section 35549 is in favor of the proposed plan, the board shall, within 30 days after canvass of the results of such election, by resolution reciting the fact of such election, the total number of votes cast thereat, the number of votes cast in favor of the plan and the number of votes cast opposed to the plan, approve the proposed plan. If a majority of the votes cast at such election is opposed to adoption of the proposed plan, the proceedings shall be terminated upon the canvass of the vote and no further proceedings may be taken with respect to such plan or any modification thereof for a period of one year from the date of the election.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

35553.
  

In the event the plan is approved, either according to the provisions of Section 35550 or Section 35552, a certified copy of the board’s resolution approving the plan shall be recorded in the office of the County Recorder of the County of Kern following which recording such plan shall be effective for all purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 63.)

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