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DIVISION 13. CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS [34000 - 38501]

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

PART 8.2. Paso Robles Basin Water District [37900 - 37969]

  ( Part 8.2 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 6. Groundwater Extraction Charges [37960 - 37969]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. )

37960.
  

The district may, by ordinance, levy groundwater extraction charges, including volumetric charges intended to provide an incentive for reduced water use, on the extraction of groundwater from all water extraction facilities within the territory of the district for the purposes of paying the costs of initiating, carrying on, and completing any of the powers, purposes, and groundwater management activities described in this act. Any groundwater extraction charges shall be uniform for groundwater extraction within the territory of the district.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37961.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and determines that the groundwater management activities of the district are of equal benefit to all operators of groundwater extraction facilities within the territory of the district.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37962.
  

If any operator of any extraction facility fails to pay a groundwater extraction charge when due, the district may charge and collect interest at the rate of 11/2 percent each month on the delinquent amount of the groundwater extraction charge. In addition, the district may exercise any of the provisions of Sections 75630 to 75633, inclusive, for the purpose of collecting delinquent groundwater extraction charges.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37963.
  

All moneys collected by the district pursuant to this act shall be available for expenditure by the district to carry out its groundwater management functions pursuant to this act.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37964.
  

The district may, by ordinance, establish an operator’s extraction allocation for each groundwater extraction facility located within the district. The district may, by ordinance, impose upon the operator of any groundwater extraction facility located within the district, extraction surcharges, including volumetric surcharges intended to provide an incentive for reduced water use, for extractions in excess of his or her extraction allocation and late penalties for nonpayment of extraction surcharges.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37965.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and declares the following:

(a) Extraction allocations and extraction surcharges authorized pursuant to this chapter are necessary to eliminate overdraft caused by excess extractions from the aquifer systems within the district and to bring the groundwater basins underlying the territory to safe yield within 10 years of the formation of the district and to sustain that safe yield thereafter.

(b) The extraction surcharges are intended to discourage the use of groundwater beyond the extraction allocation. They are not intended to generate tax revenues or proceeds from regulatory licenses, user charges, or user fees. Consequently, they are not special taxes for purposes of Section 4 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution or proceeds of taxes for purposes of Section 8 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37966.
  

The maximum amount of the extraction surcharge shall be two hundred dollars ($200) per acre-foot of groundwater extracted in excess of the extraction allocation, except that the district may increase the maximum amount of the extraction surcharge to an amount that is necessary to achieve safe yield.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37967.
  

If an operator of a groundwater extraction facility fails to pay the extraction surcharge when due, the district shall charge and collect a late penalty at the rate of 11/2 percent each month, or portion thereof, on the delinquent amount of the extraction surcharge.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37968.
  

The district may bring a cause of action, in any court having jurisdiction, against an operator of a groundwater extraction facility for the collection of any delinquent extraction surcharge, and Article 5 (commencing with Section 75630) of Chapter 3 of Part 9 of Division 21 applies to those actions.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37969.
  

In addition to any other authority, the district may order that an extraction surcharge or late penalty be a personal obligation of the operator or an assessment against the property on which the extraction facility is located. The assessment constitutes a lien upon the property, and the lien attaches upon recordation in the office of the county recorder. The assessment may be collected at the same time and in the same manner as ordinary ad valorem taxes are collected, and shall be subject to the same penalties and the same procedure and sale in case of delinquency as provided for those taxes. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of ad valorem taxes shall be applicable to an assessment, except that, if any real property to which the lien would attach has been transferred or conveyed to a bona fide purchaser for value, or if a lien of a bona fide encumbrancer for value has been created and attaches thereon prior to the date on which the first installment of the taxes would become delinquent, the lien that would otherwise be imposed by this section shall not attach to the real property and an assessment relating to the property shall be transferred to the unsecured roll for collection.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

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