Article 8. Zones of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 8.
(a) Whenever a board of trustees determines that it is in the
public interest to provide different services, to provide different
levels of service, or to raise additional revenue within specific
areas of the district, it may form one or more zones pursuant to this
(b) The board of trustees shall initiate proceedings for the
formation of a new zone by adopting a resolution that does all of the
(1) States that the proposal is made pursuant to this article.
(2) Sets forth a description of the boundaries of the territory to
be included in the zone.
(3) States the different services, the different levels of
service, or additional revenues which the zone will provide.
(4) Sets forth the methods by which those services or levels of
service will be financed.
(5) States the reasons for forming the zone.
(6) Proposes a name or number for the zone.
(c) A proposal to form a new zone may also be initiated by a
petition signed by not less than 10 percent of the registered voters
residing within the proposed zone. The petition shall contain all of
the matters required by subdivision (b).
(d) Upon the adoption of a resolution or the receipt of a valid
petition, the board of trustees shall fix the date, time, and place
for the public hearing on the formation of the zone. The board of
trustees shall publish notice of the hearing, including the
information required by subdivision (b), pursuant to Section 6061 of
the Government Code in one or more newspapers of general circulation
in the district. The board of trustees shall mail the notice at least
45 days before the date of the hearing to all owners of property
within the proposed zone. The board of trustees shall post the notice
in at least three public places within the territory of the proposed
(a) At the hearing, the board of trustees shall hear and
consider any protests to the formation of a zone pursuant to this
article. The board of trustees shall terminate the proceedings, if,
at the conclusion of the hearing, it determines either of the
(1) More than 50 percent of the total number of voters residing
within the proposed zone have filed written objections to the
(2) Property owners who own more than 50 percent of the assessed
value of all taxable property within the proposed zone have filed
written objections to the formation. If the board of trustees
determines that the written objections have been filed by 50 percent
or less of those voters or property owners, then the board of
trustees may proceed to form the zone.
(b) If the resolution or petition for formation of a zone proposes
that the zone use special taxes, special benefit assessments, or
fees for property-related services to finance its purposes, the board
of trustees shall proceed according to law. If the voters or
property owners do not approve those funding methods, the zone shall
not be formed.
(a) A board of trustees may change the boundaries of a zone
or dissolve a zone by following the procedures in Sections 2090 and
(b) Except as provided in Section 56886 of the Government Code, a
local agency formation commission shall have no power or duty to
review and approve or disapprove a proposal to form a zone, a
proposal to change the boundaries of a zone, or a proposal to
dissolve a zone.
(a) As determined by the board of trustees, a zone may
provide any service at any level or levels within its boundaries that
the district may provide.
(b) As determined by the board of trustees and pursuant to the
requirements of this chapter, a zone may exercise any fiscal powers
within its boundaries that the district may exercise.
(c) Any special taxes, special benefit assessments, or fees which
are intended solely for the support of services within a zone shall
be levied, assessed, and charged within the boundaries of the zone.