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DIVISION 21. WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS [74000 - 76501]

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

PART 8. ASSESSMENTS [75350 - 75481.5]

  ( Part 8 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

CHAPTER 5. (Multiple Versions) [75470 - 75478.5]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1. )

75470.
  

The Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District, in addition to its other powers, may fix and collect charges as provided in this chapter.

As used in this chapter, “district” means the Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1. Superseded on operative date of amendment by Stats. 2009, Ch. 514.)

75470.
  

(a) The Eastern San Joaquin County Water District, in addition to its other powers, may fix and collect charges as provided in this chapter.

(b) As used in this chapter, “district” means the Eastern San Joaquin County Water District.

(c) If the board has complied with the procedures set forth in this chapter, as it read at the time charges were established pursuant to Sections 75471 and 75471.5, the board may, by resolution, continue to collect the charges in successive years at the same rate, consistent with Article XIII D of the California Constitution.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 514, Sec. 3. (AB 1172) Effective January 1, 2010. Operative on date prescribed by Sec. 6 of Ch. 514.)

75470.5.
  

On or before the 30th day of June of each year, the district may, by resolution of the board, fix and collect charges sufficient to meet and pay the estimated expenses and obligations, including a reasonable reserve for contingencies, of the district, until the time that money shall be available to the district from charges fixed in the next succeeding year, subject, however, to a maximum limit of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) upon each acre of taxable land within the district.

The board, in fixing the charges, may establish the dates of delinquency and may impose penalties for delinquency not exceeding 10 percent of the amount of the charge and may, in addition, collect interest at the rate of 8 percent per annum from the date of delinquency on all delinquent charges. The district may sue for the recovery of unpaid charges.

The revenue obtained from the charges may be used for any district purpose and the payment of any district obligation.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75471.
  

The board, in fixing the charges pursuant to Section 75470.5, shall fix a uniform charge per acre on each acre of taxable land within the district sufficient to pay its estimated expenses and obligations.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75471.5.
  

If the charge for any parcel of land separately charged, based on the rate fixed pursuant to Section 75471, is less than ten dollars ($10), a minimum charge may be set by the board which shall not exceed ten dollars ($10) for each separately charged parcel.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75472.
  

The district may, by resolution of the board, provide a procedure for and collect the charges by way of the tax bills of the county in which the district is located. The charges shall appear as a separate item on the tax bill, shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as county ad valorem property 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.

The district shall, on or before August 1st of each year, certify to the county auditor the charges to be collected. The county may deduct from the revenue so collected for the district an appropriate amount for the billing and collection services rendered to the district.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75473.
  

Any charge erroneously made by reason of inadvertence or clerical mistake may be refunded upon order of the board at any time after payment thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75474.
  

The board shall annually fix and collect a charge, as provided in Section 75471, until the board, on its own motion or on petition of landowners representing at least 25 percent of the land within the district or at least 25 percent of the voters of the district, directs that commissioners be named to make a determination of the benefits received and to establish one or more zones of benefit which shall reflect the proportion of benefits to be derived by the lands within the respective zone or zones from the operation of the district and from any contract the district may have entered into. The determination shall be effective as of the first day of July in the next succeeding year.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75475.
  

The board, pursuant to Section 75474, shall thereafter appoint three commissioners who have no interest in any real property within the district, each of whom, before entering upon his or her duties, shall make and subscribe an oath that he or she is not in any manner interested in any real property within the district, directly or indirectly, and that he or she will perform the duties of a commissioner to the best of his or her abilities.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75475.5.
  

The commissioners shall determine whether the district should be divided into more than one zone of benefit.

If the commissioners determine that the district shall be divided into more than one zone, the zones shall be given a numerical designation starting with Zone 1, which shall be the zone which receives the greatest proportional benefit. The benefit received by Zone 1 shall be assessed at 100 percent, and the benefit received by the other zones shall be expressed in terms of relatively smaller percentages as the benefits compare with those received by Zone 1.

The commissioners shall prepare a map showing the boundaries of the zones and their respective benefit percentages, and a report explaining the basis for their determination.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75476.
  

Upon receipt of the commissioners’ map and report, the board shall schedule a hearing thereon. Notice of the hearing shall be given in each county in which the district is located by publishing once each week for at least two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75476.5.
  

The notice shall state the time and place of hearing, that the purpose of the hearing is to approve the report and map of the commissioners, and the location of the place or places where the report and map may be inspected. The notice shall include a brief, generalized description of the benefit zones and percentage of benefits determined for each zone.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75477.
  

At the hearing, any landowner within the proposed boundaries of the benefit zone or other interested person may offer any relevant evidence or testimony relating to the boundaries of the benefit zones or the benefits to be received. The landowner or interested person may object the inclusion of land within a benefit zone or may request the inclusion of any other land within the zone or a change in the percentage of benefits of any zone.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75477.5.
  

At the conclusion of the hearing, the board may alter the boundaries of benefit zones or the percentages of benefits applicable thereto and shall make an order establishing the boundaries of the benefit zones and the percentages of benefits applicable thereto which shall best approximate the benefits received.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75478.
  

Upon an order that the district be divided into more than one zone, the charge per acre made pursuant to Section 75471 shall be multiplied by the percentage of benefit applicable to the zone or zones within which the acreage is located, and shall then be increased by the factor necessary so that the total amount to be collected shall be equal to the amount determined to be required pursuant to Section 75470.5.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

75478.5.
  

The board, subsequent to any redetermination of benefits made pursuant to Section 75474, may, on its own motion or on petition of landowners representing at least 25 percent of the lands within the district or at least 25 percent of the voters of the district, direct that the zones of benefit or that the percentages of benefit be further redetermined in the same manner as provided in this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 444, Sec. 1.)

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