Law:Title 6. Water And Wastewater. Subtitle F. Municipal Utility Districts from Chapter 8365. Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 63 (Texas)

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Subtitle F. Municipal Utility Districts

Contents

Chapter 8365. Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 63

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 8365.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Board" means the district's board of directors.

(2)  "Director" means a board member.

(3)  "District" means the Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 63.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.002.  Nature Of District.

The district is a municipal utility district created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.003.  Confirmation And Directors' Election Required.

The temporary directors shall hold an election to confirm the creation of the district and to elect five permanent directors as provided by Section 49.102, Water Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.004.  Consent Of Municipality Required.

The temporary directors may not hold an election under Section 8365.003 until each municipality in whose corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction the district is located has consented by ordinance or resolution to the creation of the district and to the inclusion of land in the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.005.  Findings Of Public Purpose And Benefit.

(a) The district is created to serve a public purpose and benefit.

(b)  The district is created to accomplish the purposes of:

(1)  a municipal utility district as provided by general law and Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution; and

(2)  Section 52, Article III, Texas Constitution, that relate to the construction, acquisition, or improvement of macadamized, graveled, or paved roads described by Section 54.234, Water Code, or improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.006.  Initial District Territory.

(a) The district is initially composed of the territory described by Section 2 of the Act creating this chapter.

(b)  The boundaries and field notes contained in Section 2 of the Act creating this chapter form a closure.  A mistake made in the field notes or in copying the field notes in the legislative process does not affect the district's:

(1)  organization, existence, or validity;

(2)  right to issue any type of bond for the purposes for which the district is created or to pay the principal of and interest on a bond;

(3)  right to impose a tax; or

(4)  legality or operation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Subchapter B. Board Of Directors

Section 8365.051.  Governing Body; Terms.

(a) The district is governed by a board of five elected directors.

(b)  Except as provided by Section 8365.052, directors serve staggered four-year terms.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.052.  Temporary Directors.

(a) On or after the effective date of the Act creating this chapter, the owner or owners of a majority of the assessed value of the real property in the district may submit a petition to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requesting that the commission appoint as temporary directors the five persons named in the petition.  The commission shall appoint as temporary directors the five persons named in the petition.

(b)  Temporary directors serve until the earlier of:

(1)  the date permanent directors are elected under Section 8365.003; or

(2)  the fourth anniversary of the effective date of the Act creating this chapter.

(c)  If permanent directors have not been elected under Section 8365.003 and the terms of the temporary directors have expired, successor temporary directors shall be appointed or reappointed as provided by Subsection (d) to serve terms that expire on the earlier of:

(1)  the date permanent directors are elected under Section 8365.003; or

(2)  the fourth anniversary of the date of the appointment or reappointment.

(d)  If Subsection (c) applies, the owner or owners of a majority of the assessed value of the real property in the district may submit a petition to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requesting that the commission appoint as successor temporary directors the five persons named in the petition.  The commission shall appoint as successor temporary directors the five persons named in the petition.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Subchapter C. Powers And Duties

Section 8365.101.  General Powers And Duties.

The district has the powers and duties necessary to accomplish the purposes for which the district is created.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.102.  Municipal Utility District Powers And Duties.

The district has the powers and duties provided by the general law of this state, including Chapters 49 and 54, Water Code, applicable to municipal utility districts created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.103.  Authority For Road Projects.

(a) Under Section 52, Article III, Texas Constitution, the district may design, acquire, construct, finance, issue bonds for, improve, and convey to this state, a county, or a municipality for operation and maintenance macadamized, graveled, or paved roads described by Section 54.234, Water Code, or improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.

(b)  The district may exercise the powers provided by this section without submitting a petition to or obtaining approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as required by Section 54.234, Water Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.104.  Approval Of Road Project.

(a) The district may not undertake a road project authorized by Section 8365.103 unless:

(1)  each municipality or county that will operate and maintain the road has approved the plans and specifications of the road project, if a municipality or county will operate and maintain the road; or

(2)  the Texas Transportation Commission has approved the plans and specifications of the road project, if the state will operate and maintain the road.

(b)  Except as provided by Subsection (a), the district is not required to obtain approval from the Texas Transportation Commission to design, acquire, construct, finance, issue bonds for, improve, or convey a road project.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.105.  Compliance With Municipal Consent Ordinance Or Resolution.

The district shall comply with all applicable requirements of any ordinance or resolution that is adopted under Section 54.016 or 54.0165, Water Code, and that consents to the creation of the district or to the inclusion of land in the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.106.  Limitation On Use Of Eminent Domain.

The district may not exercise the power of eminent domain outside the district to acquire a site or easement for:

(1)  a road project authorized by Section 8365.103; or

(2)  a recreational facility as defined by Section 49.462, Water Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.107.  Division Of District.

(a) The district may be divided into two or more new districts only if the district:

(1)  has no outstanding bonded debt; and

(2)  is not imposing ad valorem taxes.

(b)  This chapter applies to any new district created by the division of the district, and a new district has all the powers and duties of the district.

(c)  Any new district created by the division of the district may not, at the time the new district is created, contain any land outside the area described by Section 2 of the Act creating this chapter.

(d)  The board, on its own motion or on receipt of a petition signed by the owner or owners of a majority of the assessed value of the real property in the district, may adopt an order dividing the district.

(e)  The board may adopt an order dividing the district before or after the date the board holds an election under Section 8365.003 to confirm the district's creation.

(f)  An order dividing the district shall:

(1)  name each new district;

(2)  include the metes and bounds description of the territory of each new district;

(3)  appoint temporary directors for each new district, or provide that the owner or owners of a majority of the assessed value of the real property in the district may submit a petition to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requesting that the commission appoint as temporary directors the five persons named in the petition;

(4)  provide for the division of assets and liabilities between or among the new districts; and

(5)  be subject to a confirmation election in each new district.

(g)  On or before the 30th day after the date of adoption of an order dividing the district, the district shall file the order with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and record the order in the real property records of each county in which the district is located.

(h)  Any new district created by the division of the district shall hold a confirmation and directors' election as required by Section 8365.003.  The results of that election must be filed as required by Sections 49.102(e) and (f), Water Code.  If the voters of a new district do not confirm the creation of the new district, the assets, liabilities, territory, and governance of the new district revert to the original district.

(i)  Municipal consent to the creation of the district and to the inclusion of land in the district granted under Section 8365.004 acts as municipal consent to the creation of any new district created by the division of the district and to the inclusion of land in the new district.

(j)  Any new district created by the division of the district must hold an election as required by this chapter to obtain voter approval before the district may impose a maintenance tax or issue bonds payable wholly or partly from ad valorem taxes.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Subchapter D. General Financial Provisions

Section 8365.151.  Elections Regarding Taxes Or Bonds.

(a) The district may issue, without an election, bonds and other obligations secured by:

(1)  revenue other than ad valorem taxes; or

(2)  contract payments described by Section 8365.153.

(b)  The district must hold an election in the manner provided by Chapters 49 and 54, Water Code, to obtain voter approval before the district may impose an ad valorem tax or issue bonds payable from ad valorem taxes.

(c)  The district may not issue bonds payable from ad valorem taxes to finance a road project unless the issuance is approved by a vote of a two-thirds majority of the district voters voting at an election held for that purpose.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.152.  Operation And Maintenance Tax.

(a) If authorized at an election held under Section 8365.151, the district may impose an operation and maintenance tax on taxable property in the district in accordance with Section 49.107, Water Code.

(b)  The board shall determine the tax rate.  The rate may not exceed the rate approved at the election.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.153.  Contract Taxes.

(a) In accordance with Section 49.108, Water Code, the district may impose a tax other than an operation and maintenance tax and use the revenue derived from the tax to make payments under a contract after the provisions of the contract have been approved by a majority of the district voters voting at an election held for that purpose.

(b)  A contract approved by the district voters may contain a provision stating that the contract may be modified or amended by the board without further voter approval.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Subchapter E. Bonds And Other Obligations

Section 8365.201.  Authority To Issue Bonds And Other Obligations.

The district may issue bonds or other obligations payable wholly or partly from ad valorem taxes, impact fees, revenue, contract payments, grants, or other district money, or any combination of those sources, to pay for any authorized district purpose.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.202.  Taxes For Bonds.

At the time the district issues bonds payable wholly or partly from ad valorem taxes, the board shall provide for the annual imposition of a continuing direct ad valorem tax, without limit as to rate or amount, while all or part of the bonds are outstanding as required and in the manner provided by Sections 54.601 and 54.602, Water Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 8365.203.  Bonds For Road Projects.

At the time of issuance, the total principal amount of bonds or other obligations issued or incurred to finance road projects and payable from ad valorem taxes may not exceed one-fourth of the assessed value of the real property in the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.


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