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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 23



Meeting Date: June 25, 2002

Subject/Title: Consideration of two Resolutions for both the Annual Sewer and Water Service Standby Charge on Vacant Parcels of Land within the City Limits

Submitted by: P. Ehler, Director of Finance and Information Systems

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution renewing the annual sewer service standby charge on vacant parcels of land within the City limits for Fiscal Year 2002-03, assessing the charge, and declaring that the charge be collected as part of the annual County Property Tax Bill.

Approve a resolution renewing the annual water service standby charge on vacant parcels of land within the City limits for Fiscal Year 2002-03, assessing the charge, and declaring that the charge be collected as part of the annual County Property Tax Bill.

PREVIOUS ACTION
Actions were taken in previous years to charge both the sewer and water standby charges. Ordinance 457 was approved on July 25, 1989 to establish the charge.

BACKGROUND
In 1989 the City Council adopted Ordinance 457 to collect an annual sewer service standby charge of $80.00 (eighty dollars) per year, per vacant parcel, collected as part of the County Property Tax Bill. This 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 sewer related functions for vacant parcels. Each year, since Fiscal Year 1989-90, the Council has adopted a resolution assessing the charges at this rate per parcel. 

In 1989 the City Council also adopted an Ordinance to collect an annual water service standby charge of $60.00 (sixty dollars) per year, per vacant parcel, collected as part of the County Property Tax Bill. This 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 water related functions for vacant parcels. Each year, since Fiscal Year 1989-90, the Council has adopted a resolution assessing the charges at this rate per parcel. 

FISCAL IMPACT
It is estimated revenue collected for Sewer Service Charge will be $140,000 for FY2002-03. It is estimated revenue collected for the Water Service Standby Charge will be $100,000 for FY2002-03.

Attachments:
Resolution renewing the Annual Sewer Service Standby Charge for FY2002-03
Resolution renewing the Annual Water Service Standby Charge for FY2002-03


RESOLUTION NO. ______

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD RENEWING THE ANNUAL SEWER SERVICE STANDBY CHARGE ON VACANT PARCELS OF LAND WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002-03

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, City Council desires to establish the same charge for fiscal year 2002-03; and

WHEREAS, a listing of the vacant parcels of land within the City limits is available for review at the Engineering Department; 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 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 charge 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 on the 25th day of June 2002 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES:
ABSENT:


RESOLUTION NO. ______

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD RENEWING THE ANNUAL WATER SERVICE STANDBY CHARGE ON VACANT PARCELS OF LAND WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002-03

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 2002-03; and

WHEREAS, a listing of the vacant parcels of land within the City limits is available for review at the Engineering Department; 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; and is proportionately representative of the costs incurred by the City and the special benefit conferred on each parcel; and

WHEREAS, the annual water service standby charge is imposed exclusively to finance the capital costs or maintenance and operation expenses for the City’s water facilities and is imposed as 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 procedural 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.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 25th day of June 2002 by the following vote:

 
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