Current through the 2021 Legislative Session
Section 66013 - Fees for water or sewer connections, capacity charges(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, when a local agency imposes fees for water connections or sewer connections, or imposes capacity charges, those fees or charges shall not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee or charge is imposed, unless a question regarding the amount of the fee or charge imposed in excess of the estimated reasonable cost of providing the services or materials is submitted to, and approved by, a popular vote of two-thirds of those electors voting on the issue.(b) As used in this section:(1) "Sewer connection" means the connection of a structure or project to a public sewer system.(2) "Water connection" means the connection of a structure or project to a public water system, as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 116275 of the Health and Safety Code.(3) "Capacity charge" means a charge for public facilities in existence at the time a charge is imposed or charges for new public facilities to be acquired or constructed in the future that are of proportional benefit to the person or property being charged, including supply or capacity contracts for rights or entitlements, real property interests, and entitlements and other rights of the local agency involving capital expense relating to its use of existing or new public facilities. A "capacity charge" does not include a commodity charge.(4) "Local agency" means a local agency as defined in Section 66000.(5) "Fee" means a fee for the physical facilities necessary to make a water connection or sewer connection, including, but not limited to, meters, meter boxes, and pipelines from the structure or project to a water distribution line or sewer main, and the estimated reasonable cost of labor and materials for installation of those facilities bears a fair or reasonable relationship to the payor's burdens on, or benefits received from, the water connection or sewer connection.(6) "Public facilities" means public facilities as defined in Section 66000.(c) A local agency receiving payment of a charge as specified in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) shall deposit it in a separate capital facilities fund with other charges received, and account for the charges in a manner to avoid any commingling with other moneys of the local agency, except for investments, and shall expend those charges solely for the purposes for which the charges were collected. Any interest income earned from the investment of moneys in the capital facilities fund shall be deposited in that fund.(d) For a fund established pursuant to subdivision (c), a local agency shall make available to the public, within 180 days after the last day of each fiscal year, the following information for that fiscal year: (1) A description of the charges deposited in the fund.(2) The beginning and ending balance of the fund and the interest earned from investment of moneys in the fund.(3) The amount of charges collected in that fiscal year.(4) An identification of all of the following: (A) Each public improvement on which charges were expended and the amount of the expenditure for each improvement, including the percentage of the total cost of the public improvement that was funded with those charges if more than one source of funding was used.(B) Each public improvement on which charges were expended that was completed during that fiscal year.(C) Each public improvement that is anticipated to be undertaken in the following fiscal year.(5) A description of each interfund transfer or loan made from the capital facilities fund. The information provided, in the case of an interfund transfer, shall identify the public improvements on which the transferred moneys are, or will be, expended. The information, in the case of an interfund loan, shall include the date on which the loan will be repaid, and the rate of interest that the fund will receive on the loan.(e) The information required pursuant to subdivision (d) may be included in the local agency's annual financial report.(f) The provisions of subdivisions (c) and (d) shall not apply to any of the following: (1) Moneys received to construct public facilities pursuant to a contract between a local agency and a person or entity, including, but not limited to, a reimbursement agreement pursuant to Section 66003.(2) Charges that are used to pay existing debt service or which are subject to a contract with a trustee for bondholders that requires a different accounting of the charges, or charges that are used to reimburse the local agency or to reimburse a person or entity who advanced funds under a reimbursement agreement or contract for facilities in existence at the time the charges are collected.(3) Charges collected on or before December 31, 1998.(g) Any judicial action or proceeding to attack, review, set aside, void, or annul the ordinance, resolution, or motion imposing a fee or capacity charge subject to this section shall be brought pursuant to Section 66022.(h) Fees and charges subject to this section are not subject to the provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 66000), but are subject to the provisions of Sections 66016, 66022, and 66023.(i) Subdivisions (c) and (d) only apply to capacity charges levied pursuant to this section.Amended by Stats 2020 ch 370 (SB 1371),s 180, eff. 1/1/2021.Amended by Stats 2019 ch 78 (SB 646),s 1, eff. 1/1/2020.Amended by Stats 2007 ch 94 (SB 699),s 1, eff. 1/1/2008.