Code Section Group

Water Code - WAT

DIVISION 21. WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS [74000 - 76501]

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

PART 9. GROUND WATER CHARGE [75500 - 75642]

  ( Part 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

CHAPTER 3. Procedure for Levy and Collection [75560 - 75638]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

ARTICLE 3. Levy [75590 - 75601]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75. )

75590.
  

Prior to the end of the water year in which the hearing is held, and based upon the findings and determinations from the hearing, the board shall determine whether or not a zone or zones should be established and a ground water charge levied therein.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75.)

75591.
  

If the board determines that a zone or zones should be established and a ground water charge levied therein, it shall establish the zone or zones and levy, assess, and affix the charge against all persons operating ground water-producing facilities within the zone or zones during the current or ensuing water year. However, the board may waive any minimal charge, the collection of which is determined by the board not to result in net economic benefit to the district.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1208, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 1993.)

75592.
  

The charge shall be computed at a fixed and uniform rate per acre-foot for agricultural water, and at a fixed and uniform rate per acre-foot for all water other than agricultural water. However, a different fixed and uniform rate per acre-foot may be used to compute the charge for all water other than agricultural water used for irrigation purposes on parks, golf courses, schools, cemeteries, and publicly owned historical sites.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 718, Sec. 2.)

75593.
  

Different rates may be established in different zones; provided, however, that in each zone the rate for agricultural water shall be fixed and uniform and the rate for water other than agricultural water shall be fixed and uniform.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75.)

75594.
  

Except as provided in Section 75595, any ground water charge in any year shall be established at a fixed and uniform rate for each acre-foot for water other than agricultural water which is not less than three times nor more than five times the fixed and uniform rate established for agricultural water. However, any groundwater charge in any year for water other than agricultural water used for irrigation purposes on parks, golf courses, schools, cemeteries, and publicly owned historical sites may be established at a fixed and uniform rate for each acre-foot which shall not be less than the rate established for agricultural water, nor more than the rate established for all water other than agricultural water.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 718, Sec. 3.)

75595.
  

In any county which has a population of 503,000 or more and less than 600,000, any ground water charge in any year shall be established at a fixed and uniform rate for each acre-foot for water other than agricultural water in such proportion to the fixed and uniform rate established for agricultural water as the board shall determine.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75.)

75596.
  

Any ground water charge levied pursuant to this part shall be in addition to any general tax or assessment levied within the district or a zone or zones thereof; provided, that in any fiscal year, the sums raised by any ground water charge levied by the district in any zone or zones, shall not produce funds for district purposes that would exceed such amount as is deemed necessary by the district board to be used in furtherance of district purposes in the replenishment, augmentation, and the protection of water supplies for users within the district or a zone or zones thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 133.)

75598.
  

In addition to the information required to be given to the board of supervisors and the auditor of each affected county pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 75350) of Part 8 of this division, the board shall at the same time annually furnish the board of supervisors and the auditor of each affected county the estimated sum of a ground water charge which the board intends to levy in any zone or zones.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75.)

75600.
  

Clerical errors occurring or appearing in the name of any person or in the description of the water-producing facility where the production of water therefrom is otherwise properly charged, or in the making or extension of any charge upon the records which do not affect the substantial rights of the assessee or assessees, shall not invalidate the ground water charge.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 75.)

75601.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may amend the report prepared pursuant to Section 75561 at any time during the water year. Upon completion of any amended report, the board shall deliver the report to the secretary.

(b) The secretary shall publish a notice of the receipt of the amended report and of a public hearing. The notice shall be published pursuant to Section 75571.

(c) The board shall hold a public hearing within 30 days after the receipt of the amended report. Persons may appear and submit evidence at the public hearing concerning the groundwater conditions and the surface water supplies of the district. Any person may protest or support the amended report.

(d) The board may modify a groundwater charge levied pursuant to Section 75591 if, in the judgment of the board, based on the findings and determinations from the hearing held pursuant to subdivision (c), the modification is necessary.

(e) Any groundwater charge modified pursuant to subdivision (d) is subject to Sections 75592, 75593, 75594, 75595, and 75596.

(f) Upon the modification of the groundwater charge pursuant to subdivision (d), the board shall notify, in writing, the board of supervisors and the auditor of each county of the modification.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1195, Sec. 31. Effective January 1, 1994.)

WATWater Code - WAT3.