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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 4.95. Alternative Provisions for the Issuance of Bonds of Improvement Districts [36447 - 36447.15]
  ( Chapter 4.95 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. )

36447.
  

This chapter shall apply to the Irvine Ranch Water District, the Santa Margarita Water District, and the Moulton-Niguel Water District. As used in this chapter, “district” means the Irvine Ranch Water District, the Santa Margarita Water District, or the Moulton-Niguel Water District.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 398, Sec. 2. Effective July 17, 1986.)

36447.1.
  

Bonds for two or more improvement districts of the district may be issued and sold as consolidated bonds of the district in substantially the same manner and upon the same terms and conditions as bonds of the entire district, subject to all of the following conditions:

(a) The consolidated bonds shall specify the included amount of par value issued on behalf of each improvement district, and the remaining authorized bonds of each improvement district shall be reduced by its respective included amount so specified.

(b) In advance of the sale of consolidated bonds, the board shall find that the sale of the included bonds as consolidated bonds shall not increase the cost that any improvement district will pay for its included bonds over the cost it would have paid had its bonds been sold separately.

(c) The maximum portion of any assessment for the payment of each series of the consolidated bonds and the interest thereon that may be obtained from annual assessments to be levied upon and collected from lands within each improvement district shall be the proportion which the par value of the included bonds of the improvement district bears to the total par value of that series of the consolidated bonds.

(d) The board shall include in the resolution providing for issuance of each series of consolidated bonds provisions to insure that assessments to be levied upon and collected from lands within each included improvement district shall be limited to the amount required to pay the improvement district’s proportional share as determined under subdivision (c), except to the extent that provision for payment of that share has been made by the board, as may be permitted by law, and that the improvement district’s share shall not be collected or paid for, or pledged to the payment of, any other included improvement district’s proportional share.

(e) The board shall include in the resolution providing for issuance of each series of consolidated bonds provisions to insure that the proceeds of the consolidated bonds disbursed into the fund provided for in Section 35998.1 are apportioned within the fund according to each included improvement district’s share determined under subdivision (c), so that separate apportionments are accounted for and used for the purposes of the respective improvement districts in the manner contemplated by Section 36427.

(f) The board shall include in the resolution providing for issuance of each series of consolidated bonds provisions to insure that any bond reserve fund established pursuant to Sections 35910 and 35911 is established proportionately for each of the included improvement districts and, to the extent the fund must be used, that moneys in the fund shall be disbursed only to the extent of the share apportioned therein to the improvement district on whose behalf it is disbursed, and that any charges or annual assessments used to establish the bond reserve fund shall be set aside within the bond reserve fund only to the account of the improvement district from which they were obtained.

(g) If the consolidated bonds include provisions for redemption, the board shall also include in the resolution providing for issuance provisions to insure that any moneys collected from within the improvement districts to establish a redemption fund shall be limited to each improvement district’s proportional share of the consolidated bonds as determined in subdivision (c).

(h) The consolidated bonds shall be issued in the name of the district and, if general obligation bonds, shall be designated “Bonds of ____ Water District,” and each bond shall state that it is issued on behalf of the included improvement districts whose respective shares of the par value shall be specified, and shall state that the assessment for payment thereof shall be limited to annual assessments to be levied upon and collected from the lands within each of the specified improvement districts in the stated proportions of the total par value, except to the extent that provision for that payment has been made by the board as may be permitted by law.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.2.
  

The provisions of Chapters 2 (commencing with Section 35950) and 3 (commencing with Section 36150) shall apply to the consolidated bonds to the extent they may be made applicable.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.3.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to preserve the status of the improvement districts’ bonds which have been consolidated, so that the bonds shall continue to constitute “indebtedness approved by the voters” pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution and shall reduce accordingly the remaining authorized bonds of the improvement districts. In order to preserve the status of the included bonds, the provisions of this chapter shall be interpreted and applied in a manner so that the burden on the land within the improvement districts does not result in any increase in the amount of assessments that will be levied to pay each improvement district’s proportionate share of the principal and interest payments with respect to each series of the consolidated bonds, over the amount it would have paid had its bonds been sold under other provisions of law. The added financial flexibility included in this chapter has been granted to the district only on the basis that the consolidating of improvement district bond authorizations and the permission to utilize negotiated sale of bonds, variable interest rates, refunding of existing improvement district bonds by exchange, or otherwise, and the other features of this chapter shall be authorized only to the extent that the burden upon the property owners of the improvement districts is not increased.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.4.
  

Before adopting a resolution approving the issuance of any consolidated bonds pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 36150), the board shall adopt a resolution of intention, which shall approve a proposed resolution of issuance and state the time and place for a hearing by the board on the proposed resolution of issuance. Notice of the hearing shall be given by publishing a copy of the resolution of intention in a newspaper of general circulation published in Orange County pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code, with the first publication to be at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for the hearing. Notice shall also be given by posting a copy of the resolution of intention in three public places within each improvement district whose bonds are proposed to be included in the consolidated bonds, for at least 14 days prior to the time fixed for the hearing. No notice other than that required by this section need be given.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.5.
  

At the time and place so fixed or at any time or place to which the hearing is continued, the board shall hold the hearing provided by the resolution of intention at which hearing any person interested, including all persons owning land in the improvement districts whose bonds are proposed to be included in the consolidated bonds or any person otherwise interested in the consolidated bonds, may appear and be heard concerning any matter set forth in the resolution of intention and proposed resolution of issuance or any matters material thereto, including the question of whether the burden on the lands of any of the included improvement districts would be increased.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.6.
  

If the board finds that protests against the proposed issuance of any consolidated bonds are signed by the owners of more than one-half of the area of the land in any improvement district whose bonds are proposed to be included in the consolidated bonds, all further proceedings under the resolution of intention are barred, and no new resolution of intention for the issuance of consolidated bonds which would include bonds for the improvement district may be passed within six months after the decision of the board on the hearing, unless the protests are overruled by an affirmative vote of four-fifths of the members of the board.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.7.
  

At the conclusion of the hearing, in the absence of a majority protest pursuant to Section 36447.6, the board shall adopt a resolution making the finding required by subdivision (b) of Section 36447.1, and, if any of the features provided for by Sections 36447.9 and 36447.10 are to be included in the consolidated bonds, also making a finding that the features so utilized will not increase the cost that any improvement district will pay over the cost that it would have paid had the bonds been sold without those features. All findings required by this section shall be supported by substantial evidence, which shall mean evidence that is reasonable, credible, and of solid value and ponderable legal significance, based upon the record as a whole. The findings shall also be made as to any modifications made by the board in the terms of the proposed resolution of issuance as a result of the hearing. If the board makes the foregoing findings in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the board may adopt the proposed resolution of issuance in final form.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.9.
  

The board may, if it determines that to do so would produce a lower interest cost on the bonds, sell bonds at private sale without advertising for bids.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.10.
  

The board may provide for the bonds to bear a variable interest rate, for the manner and intervals in which the rate shall vary, and for the dates on which the interest shall be payable.

The variable rate shall on no day exceed the maximum rate permitted for bonds of the district on that day by Section 53541 of the Government Code or any other applicable provisions of law. However, the variable interest rate so permitted may on any day exceed that maximum rate if the interest paid on the bonds from their date of original issuance to that day does not exceed the total interest which would have been permitted to have been paid on the bonds if the bonds had borne interest at all times from the date of issuance to that day at the maximum rate permitted from time to time by Section 53541 of the Government Code or any other applicable provisions of law.

The district may enter into arrangements for the remarketing or resale of the bonds, the purchase and holding of the bonds, liquidity support, debt service insurance or other credit enhancement, and such other matters related to the bonds as the board determines to be necessary or appropriate. The board may provide for the payment of the fees and costs of those arrangements from the proceeds of the bonds or from any other lawfully available source designated by the board, or from any combination thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 92, Sec. 1. Effective June 25, 1985.)

36447.11.
  

Refunding bonds issued under Article 6 (commencing with Section 36060) of Chapter 2 may be issued in the manner set forth in this chapter regardless of whether or not the bonds being refunded were issued in the manner set forth in this chapter. The par value of each improvement district’s refunding bonds included in the consolidated refunding bonds shall be only sufficient to provide for the refunding of that improvement district’s bonds to be refunded.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 645, Sec. 3. Effective September 17, 1985.)

36447.12.
  

In lieu of refunding outstanding bonds by defeasing or calling for redemption, the board may also refund under Article 6 (commencing with Section 36060) of Chapter 2 by purchasing the bonds to be refunded with proceeds of the refunding bonds or by acquiring the bonds to be refunded and exchanging them for the refunding bonds, in either case in a negotiated transaction with the bondholder or through an intermediary agent of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 645, Sec. 4. Effective September 17, 1985.)

36447.14.
  

All acts and proceedings taken prior to the effective date of this chapter, which would be in accordance with this chapter if taken after the effective date, are hereby confirmed, validated, and declared legally effective.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 998, Sec. 3. Effective September 11, 1984.)

36447.15.
  

(a) (1) Notwithstanding Section 36447, this section applies only to the Irvine Ranch Water District and the Santa Margarita Water District.

(2) As used in this section, “district” means the Irvine Ranch Water District and the Santa Margarita Water District.

(b) To provide credit enhancement, liquidity support, or both, in connection with, or incidental to, the issuance or carrying by the district of any general obligation bonds for improvement districts or consolidated general obligation bonds for improvement districts, the district may pledge and apply all or any part of the revenues of the district to the payment or security of any or all of the principal, redemption price, and purchase price of those bonds, and the interest thereon, in the manner and upon terms that the board may deem advisable.

(c) In connection with the pledge, the board may provide in the resolution, order, indenture, trust agreement, loan agreement, lease, installment sale agreement, pledge agreement, or other document in which the pledge is provided for or created, any covenants, promises, restrictions, and provisions that the district may deem necessary or desirable, including, but not limited to, covenants, promises, restrictions, and provisions relating to the use of bond proceeds, the maintenance, operation, and preservation of the district’s facilities, any rates and charges to be established and collected by the district, including rates and charges for the services or products furnished or provided by the district’s facilities, the incurring of additional indebtedness payable from the revenues, and the establishment, maintenance, and use of reserve funds, sinking funds, interest and redemption funds, maintenance and operation funds, and other special funds for the payment or security of any or all of the principal, redemption price, and purchase price of bonds and the interest thereon.

(d) For the purposes of carrying out this section, the board may exercise, but shall not be limited to exercising, the powers specified in the Revenue Bond Law of 1941 (Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 54300) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code).

(e) Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 5450) of Division 6 of Title 1 of the Government Code shall govern the creation of pledges authorized by this section.

(f) Prior to exercising the authority granted pursuant to this section, the board shall adopt criteria to govern its determinations to use pledges pursuant to this section. The criteria may include, but are not limited to, evaluating the use of a pledge in lieu of or in combination with other credit enhancement and liquidity options available to the board.

(g) The authority granted by this section is in addition to, and not in derogation of, any authority granted by other provisions of law relating to the payment of the district’s general obligation bonds from the proceeds of assessments to be levied upon and collected from lands of any improvement district or relating to the levy and collection of the assessments. This section does not affect any other law authorizing or providing for the issuance or carrying of bonds by the district. This section shall be deemed to provide a complete and supplemental method for exercising the powers authorized by this section, and shall be deemed supplemental to the powers conferred by other applicable laws.

(h) On or before January 1, 2014, each district shall submit a report to the Treasurer, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly, and the Secretary of the Senate describing the district’s use, if any, of the authority granted pursuant to this section. The report shall include all of the following:

(1) A description of each pledge made pursuant to this section.

(2) A discussion of the amounts from pledged district revenues, paid pursuant to a pledge, that are expended to offset any insufficiency in amounts required for the payment of principal, redemption price, interest, or purchase price.

(3) A discussion of any benefits or savings to the district associated with the use of the pledge made pursuant to this section.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. (SB 613) Effective January 1, 2011.)

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