Chapter 11. Zones In Districts In Lake Tahoe Basin of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 7. >> Chapter 11.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any public utility district in the Lake Tahoe Basin which has provided or undertaken to provide a sewer system and treatment facilities which transport or are intended to transport any resultant sewage effluent outside the Lake Tahoe Basin, may form zones and issue zone bonds for the purpose of financing the costs of interceptor trunk sewers, force mains, pumping stations and appurtenant structures in the zone which, in the opinion of its board of directors, are necessary or useful in connecting local sewerage collection systems to the major sewerage works and system of the district, or which are necessary or useful in causing local areas to install sewerage collection systems, as provided in this chapter.
(a) The zones authorized by this chapter shall be formed in the same manner as assessment districts are formed pursuant to the Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 (Division 12 (commencing with Section 10000), Streets and Highways Code).
  (b) The resolution of intention to form a zone shall briefly describe the proposed improvement, specify the exterior boundaries of the zone, and specify the maximum amount of zone bonds to be issued to finance the proposed improvement.
  (c) Upon the conclusion of the hearing on the resolution of intention and the adoption of the resolution declaring the zone formed, the board of directors of the district may proceed with the issuance of zone bonds, not exceeding the amount specified in the resolution of intention, and with the construction of the proposed improvement. The board may exercise any and all powers of the district in the zone necessary to construct the proposed improvement. The board shall formulate the proposition to issue zone bonds and shall conduct an election in the zone affected in the same manner as for bonds of the district pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 16801), Chapter 5 of this division. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of the electors voting in the zone is necessary to issue zone bonds.
Bonds of a zone formed pursuant to this chapter shall be issued in the amount of the costs of the improvements of the zone, notwithstanding Section 16573, payable in 25 or less serial annual amounts, and shall be in the same form, payable in the same manner, and be of the same effect as bonds of the district issued pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 17001) of this division.
The board shall annually, at the time of levying taxes for general district purposes, fix a rate of ad valorem tax upon the taxable real property in the zone created therefor, sufficient to pay the zone bond principal and interest as they become due before the proceeds of another such levy shall be available therefor, and such tax shall be levied, collected and money collected therefrom shall be expended to pay zone bonds principal and interest, in the same manner and with the same effect as taxes levied to pay bonds of the district pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with Section 16641), Chapter 4 of this division.
The Legislature hereby finds and declares that special facts exist with respect to public utility districts in the Lake Tahoe Basin which require the enactment of this chapter, applicable only to such districts. The special facts are as follows:
  (a) There is an urgent need for immediate action in providing an adequate system of sewer treatment and export facilities in order to prevent the pollution of the waters of Lake Tahoe.
  (b) There are areas in these districts which are and will continue to be required to install sewerage collection systems which cannot now be connected to the major sewerage works and system of the districts.
  (c) All areas of these districts are being required to connect to and use the works and system of the districts where they are available to them, but there is no economical means of providing the necessary intervening facilities which will be inviting to the owners of said areas to provide said facilities.
  (d) The procedure provided in this chapter will stimulate and engender said purpose and thus help to bring about an early solution to the Lake Tahoe water pollution problem.