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DIVISION 21. WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS [74000 - 76501]

  ( Division 21 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

PART 7. IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS [75000 - 75231]

  ( Part 7 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

CHAPTER 2. Special Improvement Districts [75110 - 75168.6]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

ARTICLE 6. Alternative Provisions for Government of Special Improvement Districts [75165 - 75166.3]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651. )

75165.
  

Any special improvement district formed pursuant to this chapter shall be under the supervision, direction and control of the board of directors of the water conservation district, unless proceedings are taken under this article for the election of a board of trustees for such special improvement district, in which event such special improvement district shall be under the supervision, direction and control of such board of trustees. Such directors or trustees, as the case may be, shall have the same power, authority and jurisdiction over and with reference to the special improvement district that the board of directors possesses over and with reference to the water conservation district and improvements made within and chargeable to the entire conservation district provided that any obligation created in behalf of a special improvement district shall be a charge against only the properties situated within such special improvement district. All provisions of this division, insofar as they are applicable, including all provisions relating to bonds and assessments, shall apply to and govern special improvement districts formed under this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.1.
  

A petition signed by holders of title or evidence of title of land representing at least fifteen percent (15%) of the assessed valuation of taxable land in the special improvement district may be presented to the board of directors requesting that the special improvement district be governed by a board of trustees to be elected by qualified electors in the special improvement district in lieu of the board of directors. The last equalized county assessment roll of the county in which the greater portion of the lands within the special improvement district are situated shall be prima facie evidence of ownership for purposes of this section, and a finding by the board of directors as to the sufficiency of the signatures based on certification by the secretary of the district shall be conclusive.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.2.
  

Upon receiving the petition and determining its adequacy, the board of directors shall set it for hearing and give notice of the time and place of the hearing by causing notices to be posted in 3 public places in the special improvement district at least 10 days before the date of hearing. The board shall also cause a copy of the notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the county in which the greater portion of the district is situated, and circulated in the special improvement district, once a week for at least 2 weeks prior to the date set for hearing, with the first publication at least 10 days prior to such date.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.3.
  

At the time fixed for the hearing, the board of directors shall hear all persons appearing for and against the matter, and at the conclusion of the hearing the board shall determine whether or not it is for the best interests of the district and of the special improvement district that the latter be governed by a board of trustees.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 676, Sec. 323.)

75165.4.
  

In the event the board determines in favor of the petition, it shall forthwith call a special election within the boundaries of the special improvement district for the purpose of electing a board of trustees to act as the governing body of the special improvement district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.5.
  

The resolution calling such election shall include an order dividing the special improvement district into four consecutively numbered divisions. One trustee shall be elected from each division by vote of the electors of the division, and one trustee shall be elected at large by vote of the electors of the entire special improvement district.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.6.
  

The special election shall be held and conducted, candidates nominated, the results declared and the returns canvassed in the same manner as the regular biennial election of officers of the water conservation district, insofar as applicable.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.7.
  

The four persons receiving, respectively, the highest number of votes for trustee in each division, plus the one person receiving the highest number of votes for trustee at large, shall be declared to be duly elected to such offices.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.8.
  

The trustees so elected shall immediately enter upon their duties as such upon qualifying, and shall hold office, respectively, until their successors are elected and qualified. They shall meet, classify themselves, and organize as a board, elect a president and secretary, fix the amounts of bonds, in the same manner as the first directors of a district under Part 3 (commencing with Section 74200).

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75165.9.
  

Each trustee shall receive an amount to be fixed by the board of trustees for each day’s actual attendance at the meetings of the trustees and actual and necessary expenses incurred while engaged in official business under an order of the board of trustees. No trustee shall, however, receive more than twenty-five dollars ($25) for each meeting attended, nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25) in any calendar month for attendance of meetings. The secretary may but need not be one of the trustees or may be the secretary of the district or any other person.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75166.
  

The salary of the secretary and the amount of the bond to be given for the faithful performance of his duties shall be fixed by the board of trustees.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75166.1.
  

The board of trustees shall meet regularly at least once each month at a time and place to be fixed by resolution of the trustees.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75166.2.
  

Except as otherwise provided in this article, all provisions of this division relating to biennial elections, vacancies, oaths, bonds, terms of office, appointments of sole nominees without elections, meetings and changes in boundaries of divisions which are applicable to the board of directors of the district are applicable to the board of trustees of the special improvement district, except that any vacancies on the board of trustees shall be filled by appointment of the board of directors of the district. Each trustee must be a registered voter and a holder of title, or evidence of title, of land in the special improvment district, and of the division which he represents.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

75166.3.
  

The board of trustees of any special improvement district, the lands within which are obligated to repay a loan or loans from the United States under any loan repayment contract made between the district and the United States pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 74610) of Chapter 5 of Part 5, shall be charged with the responsibility of performing or causing the performance of all obligations of the district and of the special improvement district under such contract. If, in the opinion of the board of directors, the board of trustees fails to adequately maintain and operate the waterworks facilities of the special improvement district constructed pursuant to such contract, or otherwise fails to perform or cause the performance of the obligations under such contract, the board of directors shall give the board of trustees written notice specifying the respect in which the board of trustees has failed, and in the event the board of trustees fails to cure such default within a reasonable time fixed in the notice following the giving of such notice, the board of directors may, upon giving at leasty thirty (30) days’ written notice to the board of trustees, take over the care, operation and maintenance of such waterworks and thereafter care for and operate and maintain the same and perform or cause the performance of such obligations.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1651.)

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