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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date:  June 27, 2000

Subject/Title:    Annual Water Service Standby Assessment on Vacant Parcels of Land within City Limits

Submitted by:   Thom Head/Becky Bruno

Approved by:    Jon Elam, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION

Passage of a resolution establishing the annual water service standby charges on vacant parcels of land within the City limits for Fiscal Year 2000/01, assessing the charge, and declaring that the charge be collected as part of the annual general County tax bill.

PREVIOUS ACTION

On August 24, 1999, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 99-194 establishing the annual water service standby charge for fiscal year 1999-00.

BACKGROUND

In Fiscal Year 1990/91, the City Council established the annual water service standby charge at sixty dollars ($60.00), or five dollars ($5.00) per month per vacant parcel of land, irrespective of the size of the parcel.  The charge applies to land that was vacant as of January 1 the year under consideration.  The charge was assessed to each vacant parcel within the City limits, and collected as part of the annual general county tax bill.  Subsequent annual water service standby charges have similarly been set at the same sixty dollars ($60.00) per parcel, irrespective of size.  These charges are levied to fund capital costs or maintenance and operation expenses for the City’s water facilities.  Each year since 1990, the Council has adopted a resolution assessing these charges.

RESOLUTION NO.

 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO RENEW THE ANNUAL WATER SERVICE STANDBY CHARGE FOR VACANT PARCELS OF LAND WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2000/01 AS A PART OF THE ANNUAL COUNTY TAX BILL

 

WHEREAS, Section 38743 of the California Government Code allows the establishment of an annual water service standby charge; and

            WHEREAS, in previous years the charge has been established at sixty dollars ($60.00) per vacant parcel, and

            WHEREAS, the City Council desires to establish the same charge for Fiscal Year 2000/01, and

WHEREAS, an updated list of vacant property within the City limits has been prepared and is available at the Public Works office; and

            WHEREAS, the City has studied the current charge per parcel and has concluded that no change from the previous year’s charge is warranted.  The charge does not exceed the reasonable cost of making available water service and facilities to vacant properties, is proportionately representative of the costs incurred by the City and the special benefit conferred on each parcel, and is consistent with Government Code Section 38743; and

             WHEREAS, the annual water service standby charges is imposed exclusively to finance the capital costs or maintenance and operation expenses for the City’s water facilities and is imposed at the same rate as in the previous year; and

             WHEREAS, this annual water service standby charge is an existing assessment under Article XIII D, Section 5(a) of the California Constitution and is therefore exempt from the procedure and approval process set forth in Section 4 thereof.

             NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood, that the annual water service standby charge of sixty dollars ($60.00) per vacant parcel is hereby assessed on those vacant parcels within the City limits.

 AYES:        

NOES:       

ABSENT:  

                                                                                               

                        Quintin L. Kidd

                 Mayor

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