Article 7. Property Taxation of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 14. >> Chapter 5. >> Article 7.

The district may levy and collect, or cause to be collected, property taxes for any lawful purpose.
In addition to revenues and receipts from other sources, the board may levy and collect a property tax. The board may impose different rates of taxation in areas within the district.
The district shall not levy or collect a property tax within any city or within all or any part of the unincorporated area of any county until:
  (a) The legislative body of the city or county adopts a resolution declaring there is need for the district to operate and levy a tax within the city or the unincorporated area, or part thereof, of the county.
  (b) Two-thirds of the voters of the city or the unincorporated area, or part thereof, following the adoption of the resolution under subdivision (a), voting on the question at an election called for that purpose, approves the operation of the district, and the levy of a property tax by the district, within the city or within the unincorporated area, or part thereof, of the county.
The district may conduct a single election in an area comprising the area of a city and the unincorporated area of a county or more than one unincorporated area of a county or counties, or any combination of those areas, with the approval of the cities and counties concerned, in which event two-thirds of the voters voting at the election shall be sufficient to approve the proposition submitted for the entire area included in the election. Where more than one election will be held, the approval of the voters in one election pertaining to an area may be conditioned upon the approval of voters in one or more other elections pertaining to other areas.
Each election shall be called and conducted by the district in the same manner as provided by law for the conduct of special elections by a county. The board may contract with a county, or delegate to the appropriate county officials the authority, to conduct the election within the county on behalf of the district. The costs of any such election may be advanced to the district by any city or county prior to the time that the district has revenues of its own, to be repaid from subsequent district revenues.
The ballot for the election shall contain such instructions as are required by law to be printed thereon and in addition thereto, the following:
Shall the Sacramento Regional Transit District be authorized to operate and levy a property tax at an annual rate which shall not exceed _______ cents ($0.__) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation within (describe city or YES ( ) unincorporated area)? NO ( )
In addition to the general tax levy as set forth in Section 102331, if from any cause the revenues of the district are, or are expected to be, inadequate in any year to pay the principal of, interest on, or sinking fund payments for bonds of the district as they become due, or to establish or maintain any reserve fund therefor, the board shall levy for district purposes and collect upon all property in the district taxable for district purposes as provided in this article, a tax sufficient, together with revenues already collected and available therefor, to pay the interest on the bonds that will become due and such part of the principal thereof, including any sinking fund installments required by any of the district's agreements with its bondholders, that will become due before the proceeds of a tax levied at the next general tax levy will be available for such purposes, and sufficient to provide or to restore such reserve fund to the amount required by any of the district's agreements with its bondholders.
The board shall avail itself of the assessments made by the assessor of any county in which it operates and of the assessments made by the State Board of Equalization for the county and shall take such assessments as the basis for district property taxation and have its property taxes collected by the tax collector of the county.
The county auditor shall, on or before the third Monday in August of each year, transmit to the board a statement in writing showing the total value of all property within the county lying within an authorized taxing area of the district, ascertained from the assessments referred to in Section 102337.
The board shall, on or before the first day of September, fix the rate or rates of taxes, designating the number of cents upon each one hundred dollars ($100), and use as a basis the value of property transmitted to the board by the county auditor, which rate of taxation shall be sufficient to raise the amount previously fixed by the board.
The board shall, immediately after fixing the rate or rates of taxes, transmit to the county auditor of each county in which the board has levied a tax, a statement of the rate of taxes fixed by the board.
The district's taxes so levied shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as county taxes. When collected, the net amount, ascertained as provided in this article, shall be paid to the treasurer of the district under the general requirements and penalties provided by law for the settlement of other taxes.
Whenever any real property has been sold for taxes and has been redeemed, the money paid for redemption shall be apportioned and paid to the district by the county treasurer in the proportion which the tax due to the district bears to the total tax for which the property was sold.
All taxes levied under this part are a lien on the property on which they are levied. The enforcement of the collection of such taxes shall be in the same manner and by the same means provided by law for the enforcement of liens for county taxes, all the provisions of law relating to the enforcement of the latter being made a part of this part so far as applicable.
The county shall be compensated for services under this article at the rate of 1 percent for collecting the first twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and one-fourth of 1 percent for all sums over that amount.
In lieu of, or in addition to, any taxes which may be levied by the district pursuant to this article, the legislative body of any city or county may enter into agreement with the district to make annual contributions to the district from its general funds or from any other source of funds legally available to it for such purpose.