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DIVISION 14. CALIFORNIA WATER STORAGE DISTRICT LAW [39000 - 48401]

  ( Division 14 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391. )

PART 9. ASSESSMENTS [46000 - 47982]

  ( Part 9 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391. )

CHAPTER 1. Preliminary Assessments [46000 - 46010]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391. )

46000.
  

A preliminary assessment is an assessment levied by the board of an equal amount upon each acre of land in the district sufficient to pay all warrants issued by the department in accordance with this division, and to defray all other expenses as estimated by the board incurred and to be incurred for the general benefit of the district up to the time of the levy of assessments provided for in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 46150) of this part, including expenses incurred prior to the organization of the district but in the judgment of the board properly incurred for the general benefit of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1020, Sec. 98. Effective January 1, 1993.)

46001.
  

At its first regular meeting, or within 90 days thereafter, the board shall levy a preliminary assessment.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391.)

46002.
  

The amounts required to be raised to pay warrants of the department and to pay expenses shall be separately stated in the resolution levying the preliminary assessment.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1020, Sec. 99. Effective January 1, 1993.)

46003.
  

In the event the first preliminary assessment is not sufficient, the board shall from time to time levy further preliminary assessments.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391.)

46004.
  

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the total of all preliminary assessments, exclusive of the amount assessed for the purpose of paying warrants of the department, shall not exceed fifty cents ($0.50) per acre.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1020, Sec. 100. Effective January 1, 1993.)

46005.
  

If after the total amount raised by all preliminary assessments shall have been expended or its expenditure authorized, that amount is found to be insufficient to meet all expenses of the district, the directors may, in the manner provided in this chapter, levy additional preliminary assessments up to an amount not in excess of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per acre.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 80.)

46006.
  

Before levying any additional preliminary assessment the board shall pass a resolution declaring its intention so to do, and in the resolution appoint a time not less than two weeks nor more than four weeks from the date of the resolution when the matter of levying the additional preliminary assessment will be considered in open meeting.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391.)

46007.
  

A copy of the resolution of intention shall be published once a week for at least two weeks before the time appointed by the board for the open meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in each affected county.

(Added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 391.)

46008.
  

At the time appointed for the open meeting by the board, it shall consider the matter of levying the additional preliminary assessment and hear any objection. At or after the meeting, the board may levy the additional assessment, if in its judgment the levy is in the best interests of the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1020, Sec. 101. Effective January 1, 1993.)

46009.
  

Every preliminary assessment is a lien upon the land affected until the full amount of the assessment is paid. The lien is prior to all other liens, except state, county, and municipal taxes and assessments, or taxes levied or assessed by or under statutory authority. The preliminary assessments shall bear interest at the rate of 7 percent per year and shall be collected in the same manner, together with the same penalties for delinquencies, as other assessments provided for in this division. Interest commences to run 30 days after filing of the assessment roll with the county treasurer of an affected county.

(Amended by Stats. 1969, Ch. 1086.)

46010.
  

If, after a project has been completed, the board determines that an additional project would be for the benefit of the entire district, the board may, in the manner provided in this chapter, levy a supplemental preliminary assessment up to an amount not in excess of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per acre. The approval of the department on an assessment levied under this section and Section 42752 shall not be required.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 2071.)

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