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DIVISION 13. CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS [34000 - 38501]

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

PART 6. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS [35900 - 36458.1]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

CHAPTER 3.5. Alternate Provisions for the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds [36250 - 36262]

  ( Chapter 3.5 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458. )

ARTICLE 2. Authorization of Bonds and Issuance [36251 - 36262]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458. )

36251.
  

In the event the board determines to provide for the issuance of general obligation bonds under the provisions of this chapter, it shall prepare and adopt a plan of works and an estimate of the amount of money necessary to raise for such purposes for which bonds may be issued. The estimate required pursuant to this section shall include every expense of the district which it is probable will be incurred and become payable before the expiration of one year from the completion of the works, including the interest on any bonds of the district to be due and payable prior to the date for which the money of the district then in the treasury or thereafter to be received from an assessment previously levied is inadequate.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36252.
  

Bonds may be issued for the purposes of acquiring or constructing works for irrigation, domestic, municipal and industrial water supply and to furnish facilities and services within or without the district to the extent provided for in Section 35500 for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage, waste and storm water including the acquisition of necessary property for these works, acquiring funds to fulfill contractual commitments to carry out the powers and purposes of the district contained in contracts with other agencies, acquiring all or part of the operating funds for the district, the total amount of such funds so acquired not to exceed at any time an amount equal to the total operating costs of the district for a two-year period as estimated by its board, acquiring any property necessary for the purposes of the district, and otherwise carrying out the provisions of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36253.
  

Subsequent to the receipt of the plan of works provided for in Section 36251, the board may approve or modify the proposed plan of works, and thereafter by the adoption of a resolution may declare its intention to issue general obligation bonds to acquire or construct improvements described in the approved plan of works and to issue general obligation bonds of the district, or on behalf of an improvement district thereof, the interest and principal of which shall be paid by annual ad valorem taxes on the taxable land within the district or improvement district. In such case the resolution shall state the following:

(a) It is the intention of the board to acquire or construct improvements described in the approved plan of works and to issue general obligation bonds, the proceeds of which shall be used to pay the expenses thereof as set forth in the estimate provided for in Section 36251.

(b) A description of the purpose of the plan.

(c) The estimated expense of carrying out the plan of works.

(d) Assessments for carrying out such purpose shall be levied exclusively on the lands of the district or improvement district, including any territory annexed thereto.

(e) A map of the exterior boundaries of the district or improvement district is on file with the secretary of the district and is available for inspection by any person or persons interested.

(f) The date, time and place of the hearing by the board in regard to the foregoing plan at which time the board will, thereupon, determine the benefit or lack thereof to the lands within the district or improvement district thereof and, at which time all interested persons will be heard and written protests, if any, will be considered.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36254.
  

Notice of such hearing shall be given by publishing a copy of the resolution provided for in Section 36253 in a newspaper of general circulation, published in each affected county, pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code, the first publication to be at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for hearing. Such notice shall also be given by posting a copy of the resolution in three public places within the district or the improvement district, for at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for the hearing. Also notice thereof shall be given by certified mailing a certified copy of the resolution to each property owner shown on the last equalized assessment roll. The mailing of such notices shall be completed not less than 14 days prior to the hearing. No other notice other than that required by this section need be given.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36255.
  

At any time not later than the hour set for hearing objections to the proposed plan of works and the issuance of general obligation bonds therefor, any owner of property liable to be assessed therefor 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 the signers are not shown on the last equalized assessment roll as the owners of such property, such protest shall contain or be accompanied by written evidence that such signers are the owners of such property. All such protests shall be delivered to the secretary of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 676, Sec. 322.)

36256.
  

At the time set for hearing protests, the board shall hear and pass upon all protests made as provided for in Section 36254 and its decision shall be final and conclusive. The board may adjourn the hearings from time to time and any written protest may be withdrawn by an owner making the same in writing at any time prior to the conclusion of the hearing or any such adjournment thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36257.
  

If a majority written protest is made pursuant to Section 36255 against the plan of works, the proposed issuance of general obligation bonds therefor or the amount thereof, and the board finds that the protest is made by either one-half or more of the area proposed to be assessed for the payment of the general obligation bonds proposed to be issued, or more than one-half of the assessed valuation of the land within the boundaries of the district or the improvement district to be assessed for the payment of the interest and principal of the general obligation bonds proposed to be issued, and such protests are not withdrawn so as to reduce the same to less than a majority in either instance, the proceedings shall be terminated and no further proceedings shall be taken for a period of one year from the date of the decision of the board on the hearing.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36258.
  

The last equalized assessment roll shall be used as a basis for determining whether or not a majority written protest has been made. The board shall be under no duty to obtain or consider any other evidence as to ownership of property and its determination of ownership shall be final and conclusive.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36259.
  

If at the conclusion of the hearing the board determines that all of the lands included within the district and the boundaries of the improvement district described in the plan of works will be benefited and a majority protest as provided for in this article has not been received, the board may thereafter issue general obligation bonds of the district or the improvement district in an amount not in excess of the estimate provided for in Section 36251. Any bonds authorized to be issued to accomplish the plan of works as provided for in Section 36251 for the district or for an improvement district shall be issued and sold in the same manner and upon the same terms and conditions as other general obligation bonds of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36260.
  

Bonds issued hereunder and interest which accrues thereon shall be paid in a manner identical to bonds issued on behalf of a district or improvement district of a California water district as otherwise provided in this division.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36261.
  

The Special Assessment Investigation, Limitation and Majority Protest Act of 1931 shall not apply to any proceedings under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1458.)

36262.
  

The board may, without a vote of the electors, or without a further hearing, provide for the issuance of, and issue, general obligation bonds of a district or for an improvement district thereof in accordance with the following:

(a) The principal amount of such bonds does not exceed the then unissued balance of the principal amount of bonds of a district, or of such improvement district, authorized pursuant to the provisions of this chapter prior to January 1, 1974.

(b) The bonds are issued for the purpose set forth in the plan of works adopted for such authorized bonds or as such plan of works may be modified pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 35950) of Chapter 2 of this part.

(c) The bonds are issued in accordance with the provisions of this division, except for the requirement of a bond election or notice and hearing.

Bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be secured by unlimited ad valorem assessments on land in the district or in the improvement district without regard to any limitations set forth in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 2201) of Part 4 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

When bonds are issued pursuant to this section, unissued bonds as referred to in subdivisions (a) and (b) in a principal amount at least equal to the principal amount of bonds issued pursuant to this section, shall be canceled by order of the board and shall not be issued.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1376.)

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