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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 02

Meeting Date: June 26, 2001

Subject/Title: Annual Sewer Standby Assessment of $80.00 on Vacant Parcels of Land within City Limits

Submitted by: Jon Carlson, Public Works 

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Passage of a resolution establishing the annual sewer service standby charge on vacant parcels of land within the City limits for Fiscal Year 2001/02, assessing the charge, and declaring that the charge be collected as part of the annual general County tax bill.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On June 27, 2000 the City Council adopted a resolution establishing the annual sewer standby charge for Fiscal Year 2000/01.

BACKGROUND
During 1989, the City Council adopted an ordinance to collect an annual sewer service standby charge of eighty dollars ($80.00) per year per parcel, collected as part of the general County tax bill. The charge applies to land that was vacant as of January 1st of the year under consideration. These charges are levied to assure future availability for sewage related functions for vacant parcels. Each year since 1990 the Council has adopted a resolution assessing the charges. 

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO RENEW THE ANNUAL SEWER SERVICE STANDBY CHARGE ON VACANT PARCELS OF LAND WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001/02, AND DECLARING THAT THE CHARGE BE COLLECTED AS A PART OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL COUNTY TAX

WHEREAS, Title 13, Chapter 13.04, Section 13.04.055, of the Brentwood Municipal Code, requires the collection of an annual sewer service charge of eighty dollars ($80.00) per
year per vacant parcel of land; and

WHEREAS, in previous years the charge has been established at eighty dollars ($80.00) per parcel; and

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

WHEREAS, a listing of the vacant parcels of land within the City limits is available for review at the Public Works office; and

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

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

WHEREAS, this annual sewer 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 sewer service standby charge of eighty dollars ($80.00) per vacant parcel is hereby assessed on those vacant parcels within the City limits.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held June 26, 2001 by the following vote :

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NOES: 
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