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WATER AND SEWER DISTRICTS, SYSTEMS AND PROJECTS

CARSON WATER SUBCONSERVANCY DISTRICT ACT

Chapter 621, Statutes of Nevada 1989

AN ACT relating to water conservancy districts; revising provisions concerning appropriation of water by local governments and water companies; revising provisions concerning the formation of conservancy and subconservancy districts; including Carson City within the Carson Water Subconservancy District; reorganizing and expanding the powers of the Carson Water Subconservancy District; prohibiting the Carson Water Subconservancy District from acquiring water rights by eminent domain; authorizing cities and counties within the Carson Water Subconservancy District to form special districts and to impose a tax for the support of the special district; and all other matters properly relating thereto.

[Approved: June 30, 1989]

(Leadlines for sections have been supplied by the Legislative Counsel of the State of Nevada)

The People of the State of Nevada, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

††††† Sec. 9.  Legislative findings and declaration.  The Legislature hereby finds and declares that:

††††† 1.  Reductions in the supply of available water, fragmented responsibility for the conservation and supply of water, and certain limitations on the authority of existing water conservancy districts are threatening the health, safety and welfare of the people living in the Carson River Basin;

††††† 2.  This threat can be alleviated through the inclusion of the urban portion of Carson City in the Carson Water Subconservancy District and expanding the authority of the subconservancy district and the local governments in which it is situated;

††††† 3.  The intent of the Legislature in adopting this act is that the powers conferred by this act will be exercised in a manner that will foster cooperation among the local governments participating in the Carson Water Subconservancy District; and

††††† 4.  The unique division of water and financial resources among the local governments participating in the Carson Water Subconservancy District prevents making a general law applicable.

††††† (Ch. 621, Stats. 1989 p. 1408)

††††† Sec. 10.  Creation and expansion; composition and powers of board of directors; establishment and powers of special districts.

††††† 1.  The Carson Water Subconservancy District, as expanded to include the urban area of Carson City, is hereby expanded to include that portion of Churchill County within the Carson River hydrologic basin. The assets and liabilities of the existing district become the assets and liabilities of the newly formed district on July 1, 1999.

††††† 2.  The Carson Water Subconservancy District shall be deemed to have been created pursuant to chapter 541 of NRS, with the same powers and duties, and subject to the same limitations as a water conservancy district created pursuant to that chapter except that the provisions of this act supersede the provisions of chapter 541 of NRS where the provisions of that chapter conflict with the express provisions of this act.

††††† 3.  The Board of Directors of the Carson Water Subconservancy District consists of 11 members to be appointed as follows:

††††† (a) Two members who are residents of Carson City appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Carson City;

††††† (b) Two members who are residents of Lyon County appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Lyon County;

††††† (c) Five members who are residents of Douglas County, at least two of whom must represent agricultural interests in the county, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County; and

††††† (d) Two members who are residents of Churchill County appointed by the Board of County Commissioners of Churchill County.

  No action may be taken by the board without the affirmative vote of at least six members.

††††† 4.  The Board of Directors may levy a tax upon all taxable property within the Carson Water Subconservancy District at a rate of not more than 3 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation for carrying out the activities of the district. The tax must be collected in the manner provided in chapter 541 of NRS. The limitations in chapter 354 of NRS upon revenue from taxes ad valorem do not apply to revenue received from a tax levied pursuant to this subsection.

††††† 5.  The Board of Directors may issue general or special obligations to carry out the activities of the district, including, without limitation, the acquisition of water rights and the acquisition, construction or completion of waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects in accordance with NRS 350.500 to 350.720, inclusive. Any general obligations issued pursuant to this subsection must comply with the provisions of NRS 350.020. The provisions of NRS 541.340 to 541.370, inclusive, do not apply to obligations issued pursuant to this subsection.

††††† 6.  The Board of Directors may pledge:

††††† (a) Any money received from the proceeds of the tax imposed pursuant to subsection 4;

††††† (b) The gross or net revenues derived from water rights, waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects; and

††††† (c) The special assessments collected by the district for maintaining and operating waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects and other projects,

  for the payment of general or special obligations issued pursuant to subsection 5. For the purposes of subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 and NRS 350.500 to 350.720, inclusive, money pledged by the board pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be pledged revenue of the project.

††††† 7.  The Carson Water Subconservancy District shall not acquire water rights, or other property for the purpose of obtaining the appurtenant water rights, through the exercise of the power of eminent domain.

††††† 8.  Carson City and each county located in part or in whole within the Carson Water Subconservancy District may establish a special district consisting of all or any portion of the land within the boundaries of the local government. The governing body of the local government is ex officio the board of directors of the district. Each special district may levy a tax upon all taxable property within its boundaries at a rate of not more than 7 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. The tax must be collected in the same manner as other taxes ad valorem collected by the local government. The revenue from the tax must be used to allow the district to plan, construct, maintain and operate waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects, and to obtain water and water rights for the benefit of the district. The limitations in chapter 354 of NRS upon revenue from taxes ad valorem do not apply to revenue received from a tax levied pursuant to this subsection. A district for which a tax is levied pursuant to this subsection is not entitled to receive any distribution of supplemental city-county relief tax. Districts established pursuant to this subsection may enter into cooperative agreements pursuant to chapter 277 of NRS concerning the management of the waterworks or resources.

††††† 9.  The Carson Water Subconservancy District may, for the payment of general or special obligations issued pursuant to subsection 5, pledge any money received from the proceeds of a tax imposed by a special district established pursuant to subsection 8 if:

††††† (a) The Carson Water Subconservancy District and the special district established pursuant to subsection 8 have entered into a cooperative agreement pursuant to chapter 277 of NRS; and

††††† (b) The cooperative agreement authorizes the Carson Water Subconservancy District to pledge the money received from the proceeds of that tax.

††††† (Ch. 621, Stats. 1989 p. 1408; AóCh. 319, Stats. 1997 p. 1200; Ch. 189, Stats. 1999 p. 922)

††††† Sec. 10.5.  Powers of certain local governments located partially or wholly within District.

††††† 1.  The Board of Supervisors of Carson City and the board of county commissioners of each county located in part or in whole within the Carson Water Subconservancy District may levy a tax upon all taxable property within its boundaries at a rate of not more than 7 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation for the acquisition, construction or completion of waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects. The tax must be collected in the same manner as other taxes ad valorem collected by the local government. The limitations in chapter 354 of NRS upon revenue from taxes ad valorem do not apply to revenue received from a tax levied pursuant to this subsection.

††††† 2.  The Board of Supervisors of Carson City and the board of county commissioners of each county located in part or in whole within the Carson Water Subconservancy District may issue general or special obligations to acquire, construct or complete waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects in accordance with NRS 350.500 to 350.720, inclusive. Any general obligations issued pursuant to this subsection must comply with the provisions of NRS 350.020. The provisions of NRS 541.340 to 541.370, inclusive, do not apply to obligations issued pursuant to this subsection.

††††† 3.  The Board of Supervisors of Carson City and the board of county commissioners of each county located in whole or in part within the Carson Water Subconservancy District may pledge:

††††† (a) Any money received from the proceeds of the tax imposed pursuant to subsection 1;

††††† (b) The gross or net revenues derived from waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects; and

††††† (c) The special assessments collected by the local government for maintaining and operating waterworks, facilities, flood control or drainage projects or other projects,

  for the payment of general or special obligations issued pursuant to subsection 2. For the purposes of subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 and NRS 350.500 to 350.720, inclusive, money pledged by the governing body of a local government pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be pledged revenue of the project.

††††† (AddedóCh. 319, Stats. 1997 p. 1202)

††††† Sec. 11.  Ratification of certain actions taken before June 30, 1989; composition of boards of directors for certain districts and subdistricts; appointment and terms of members of and vacancies on board for Carson Water Subconservancy District.

††††† 1.  The establishment of any water conservancy district or subdistrict pursuant to chapter 541 of NRS before the effective date of this act, all actions taken by such districts and subdistricts, and the appointment of director for such districts and subdistricts, are hereby ratified. All such districts and subdistricts shall amend the petitions by which they were established within 6 months after the effective date of this act to specify the composition of their boards of directors. If a district or subdistrict includes land within more than one county, each county must have at least one representative on the board, and the representative or representatives of each county must be appointed from a list of two or more nominees submitted by the board of county commissioners of the represented county.

††††† 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date of this act, the authorities specified in subsection 3 of section 10 of this act shall appoint the initial members of the Board of Directors of the Carson Water Subconservancy District. Three of the members initially appointed by Douglas County and one of the members initially appointed by Lyon County and Carson City shall serve until the end of the second calendar year next succeeding their appointment. The remaining members of the board initially appointed shall serve until the end of the fourth calendar year next succeeding their appointment.

††††† 3.  After the initial terms, members of the Board of Directors of the Carson Water Subconservancy District hold office for terms of 4 years or until their successors have been appointed. Any vacancy on the Board must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by the authority that appointed the member whose position is vacant.

††††† (Ch. 621, Stats. 1989 p. 1409)

††††† Sec. 12.  Effective date.  This act becomes effective upon passage and approval.

††††† (Ch. 621, Stats. 1989 p. 1409)