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
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
(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.