Chapter 8. Service Zones of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 10. >> Part 16. >> Chapter 8.
One or more service zones to provide different levels of
service, to provide different facilities or other improvements, or to
raise additional revenues within specific areas of the district, may
be created within the boundaries of the district. A service zone may
consist of one or more cities, with or without unincorporated
territory, or unincorporated territory alone.
(a) Proceedings for the creation of a service zone may be
initiated by resolution of the legislative body or bodies of the city
or cities proposed to be included in the service zone, and if
unincorporated territory is proposed to be included in the service
zone, by resolution of the board or boards of supervisors of the
county or counties in which the unincorporated territory is situated.
(b) The resolution or resolutions shall declare that the public
interest or necessity demands the creation of a service zone, shall
describe its boundaries, and shall request the formation of the
(c) When the entire area of a public agency is to be included in
the service zone, it may be described by name.
(d) Certified copies of the resolution or resolutions shall be
filed with the secretary of the district.
(a) As an alternative to the initiation of proceedings for
the formation of a service zone by resolution or resolutions, a
petition may be filed with the secretary of the district signed by
voters equal in number to at least 25 percent of the registered
voters registered within the proposed service zone as determined from
the affidavits of registration. The boundaries of the proposed
service zone shall be described in the petition. When the entire area
of a public agency is to be included in the service zone, it may be
described by name.
(b) The petition shall declare that the public interest or
necessity demands the creation of a service zone within the area of
the district described in the petition. The petition may include one
or more separate documents, but each document shall contain the
affidavit of the party who circulated it, certifying that each name
signed thereto is the true signature of the person whose name it
purports to be.
The secretary of the district shall compare the signatures
in the petition with the affidavits of registration on file with the
county election official. The secretary of the district also shall
certify to the sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.
(a) Within 30 days after receipt of the resolution or
resolutions of the legislative body or bodies or receipt of the
certification of the sufficiency of a petition by the secretary of
the district, the board shall initiate proceedings for the formation
of a new service zone by adopting a resolution that does all of the
(1) States that formation of a service zone has been initiated
pursuant to either Section 105301 or 105302.
(2) Sets forth a description of the boundaries of the territory to
be included in the service zone.
(3) States the different services, different levels of service, or
additional revenues that the service 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 service zone.
(6) Proposes a name or number for the service zone.
(7) Fixes the date, time, and place for the public hearing
regarding the formation of the service zone.
(b) The district shall publish notice of the hearing, including
the information required by subdivision (a), pursuant to Section 6061
of the Government Code, in one or more newspapers of general
circulation in the district. The district shall mail the notice to
all owners of property within the proposed service zone. The district
shall post the notice in at least three public places within the
territory of the proposed service zone.
(c) At the hearing, the board shall hear and consider any protests
to the formation of the service zone. At the conclusion of the
hearing, the board may adopt a resolution ordering the formation of
the service zone.
The board may change the boundaries of a service zone or
dissolve a zone by following the procedures in Section 105301.
A local agency formation commission shall have no power or
duty to review and approve or disapprove a proposal to create a
service zone, a proposal to change the boundaries of a zone, or a
proposal to dissolve a zone.
As determined by the board, a service zone may provide any
service at any level within its boundaries that the district may
As determined by the board and pursuant to the requirements
of this part, a service zone may exercise any fiscal powers within
its boundaries that the district may exercise.
Any taxes, special taxes, assessments, or fees which are
intended solely for the support of services within a zone shall be
levied, assessed, and collected only within the boundaries of the
To assist in the operation of a service zone, the board may
appoint one or more advisory groups composed of persons who reside
in or own property in the zone.