NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Board of Directors of the UNITED WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:30PM at its offices located at 106 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The hearing is for the purpose of determining, pursuant to Section 6, Article XIII D of the California Constitution (part of Proposition 218), whether a majority protest exists to either or both of the proposed increases to the District’s Zone A and Zone B groundwater extraction charges (charges) for the 2017-2018 water year. In March 2015, the Second Appellate District, Division Six of the Court of Appeal of the State of California held that Proposition 218 does not apply to the District’s charges. In June 2015, the California Supreme Court granted the City’s petition for review of the Court of Appeal opinion. The proceedings are currently pending in the Supreme Court. Although the District does not believe that Proposition 218 applies to the charges and reserves all rights to argue its non-applicability, the District is holding this hearing for purposes of compliance with the requirements of Proposition 218.
On or about April 24, 2017, the District mailed notices of the hearing to record owners of identified parcels in the respective zones within the District containing water-producing facilities, and to tenants/well operators of such facilities and others potentially affected by such charges. The notices provide information concerning the proposed charges and the majority protest process. Copies of the hearing notices are available for inspection at the District’s offices, and on the District’s website at www.unitedwater.org.
At its June 14, 2017 regular meeting, in connection with its consideration of adoption of the District’s 2017-2018 Budget, the District Board of Directors will also hold a public hearing: (a) to consider evidence concerning the groundwater conditions and surface water supplies of the District, including the annual investigation and report of groundwater conditions (engineering report) in the United Water Conservation District for the 2017-2018 water year, which report was delivered to the Secretary/Treasurer of the District Board of Directors on March 7, 2017; (b) to consider the establishment of zone(s) within the District, and the levying of the 2017-2018 charges thereto; and (c) subject to the District’s reservation of rights as expressed above to assert the non-applicability of Proposition 218, whether there exists factual support for the difference in the District’s non-agricultural versus agricultural charges relating the cost of service to parcels sufficient to satisfy the requirements of Proposition 218. A copy of the engineering report is available for inspection at the District’s offices, and the District’s website.
The Board of Directors will also hold a workshop on its proposed 2017-2018 Budget on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:00PM at the District’s offices. All interested parties are invited to attend.