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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 25

Meeting Date: June 22, 2004

Subject/Title: Consideration of Resolutions renewing the Annual Sewer and Water Service Standby Charges on Vacant Parcels of Land within the City Limits.

Prepared by: Engineering: D. Galey

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution renewing the annual sewer service standby charge on vacant parcels of land within the City limits for Fiscal Year 2004-05, 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 2004-05, assessing the charge, and declaring that the charge be collected as part of the annual County Property Tax Bill.

PREVIOUS ACTION
The City Council approved Ordinance No. 457 on July 25, 1989 to establish the sewer service standby charge.

The City Council approved Ordinance No. 747 on June 10, 2003 to establish the water service standby charge.

Actions have been taken annually to approve resolutions and collect both the sewer and water standby charges on the property tax roll.

BACKGROUND
In 1989, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 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 service for vacant parcels. Each year, since Fiscal Year 1989-90, City Council has adopted a resolution assessing the charge at this rate per parcel.

In 2003, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 747 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 service for vacant parcels. Each year, since Fiscal Year 1989-90, City Council has adopted a resolution assessing the charge at this rate per parcel.

FISCAL IMPACT
Estimated revenue collected for the Sewer Service Charge will be $116,000 for Fiscal Year 2004-05. Estimated revenue collected for the Water Service Standby Charge will be $87,000 for Fiscal Year 2004-05.

Attachments: Resolutions

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 2004-05.

WHEREAS, Section 38902 of the California Government Code allows the establishment of an annual sewer service standby charge; and

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 2004-05; 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 sewer service and facilities available to vacant properties; and is representative of 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 22nd day of June 2004 by the following vote:

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 2004-05.

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

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 747 was passed modifying the Brentwood Municipal Code, which will require the collection of an annual water service charge of sixty dollars ($60.00) per year per vacant parcel of land; and

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

WHEREAS, City Council desires to establish the same charge for Fiscal Year 2004-05; 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 water service and facilities available to vacant properties; and is representative of 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 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 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 22nd day of June 2004 by the following vote:
 

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