Article 6. Finances of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 5. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 6.
All necessary preliminary expenses incurred by the governing
body in carrying out this chapter, including the making of surveys,
plans, and estimates of costs and revenues, compensation of
employees, the giving of notices, taking of options, and all other
expenses of whatsoever nature, necessary to be paid prior to the
issue and sale of the bonds, may be advanced out of the general fund
of the district. The general fund shall be fully reimbursed out of
the first money received from the sale of the bonds, and before any
other disbursements are made therefrom.
All compensation of employees, and all other expenses,
incurred in carrying out the provisions of this chapter shall be paid
solely from funds provided under the authority of this chapter.
After reimbursement and repayment to the district of all
amounts advanced for preliminary expenses, all money, other than
premiums and accrued interest, received from the sale of bonds shall
be applied solely to the cost of the works.
The money received from the collection of the rates, together
with any other revenue derived from the operation of the works,
shall be deposited in a bank by the treasurer in the same manner that
public money is deposited by cities. The money so deposited shall be
kept in a fund or funds and shall be applied as provided in this
In the ordinance for the issuance of bonds the governing body
shall provide that the revenues derived from the operation of the
works shall be used only for:
(a) The payment or providing for payment, including payments into
any reserve or sinking funds, as the same falls due, of the principal
of and the interest on the bonds;
(b) The management, maintenance, operation and repair costs of the
After provision has been made for the payment of the foregoing,
any surplus remaining may be used as follows: (a) for the purchase in
the open market of the outstanding unmatured bonds of the district;
(b) for extensions, or for the enlargement, replacement or betterment
of the works; (c) for any lawful purpose of the district.
In its discretion the governing body may provide in the
ordinance providing for the issuance of bonds that the management,
maintenance, operation and repair costs of the works shall be paid
from the revenue derived from the operation of the works prior to
paying the principal, interest and sums for other security funds.
All money received for premium and accrued interest shall be
paid into a fund for the payment of interest on the bonds and used
for the purposes for which it was created.
A district issuing bonds shall install and maintain a proper
system of accounts, showing the amount of revenue received and its
application. The district shall at least once a year cause the
accounts to be properly audited by a competent auditor. The report of
the audit shall be open for inspection at all times by any taxpayer,
user of the works, holder of bonds, or any representative of such
The treasurer is custodian of the funds derived from income
received from the works constructed or acquired under the provisions
of this chapter.
The treasurer shall give a proper surety bond for the
faithful discharge of his duties as custodian, which bond shall be
fixed and approved by the governing body. The premium on the surety
bond shall be paid by the district.