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Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
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Provisions Relating to Property Tax Relief
DIVISION 4. FISCAL AFFAIRS
PART 1. FUNDS FOR SUBVENTIONS
Chapter 3. Open-Space Subventions* †
16145. Use of funds. Funds received by local governments pursuant to the provisions of this chapter may be used for county, city, or city and county purposes, as the case may be, or may, but need not necessarily, be used for purposes of general interest and benefit to the state. The use of the funds shall include administration, supervision, and enforcement of any open-space program under which a local government receives the funds. The funds may also include an allocation of all or part of them to any special district or school district existing within boundaries of a local government in which land is assessed pursuant to Section 423, 423.3, or 423.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and which has thereby suffered a reduction in its assessed valuation, when the local governing body determines:
(a) That the loss of assessed value is substantial and will have an adverse effect upon programs of public importance carried on by the district.
(b) The benefits flowing from the restrictions on the use of land within the district do not accrue solely or primarily to landowners or residents within the district.
(c) That the taxes collected by the district are not devoted to expenditures primarily of benefit to land or landowners within the district.
Any special district or school district may make application for an allocation of the funds from the local government in the form and with such supporting evidence as the governing board of the local government may require. The governing board may also adopt such uniform standards as it believes necessary to determine the amount and method of payment of such assistance, and may provide for such payments to be reduced annually, according to a schedule, so as to cease financial assistance over a specified period of years. However, nothing herein shall be construed as requiring the governing board of the local government to make any allocation to any special district or school district, and the governing board of the local government shall be the sole judge of the entitlement of any special district or school district to any allocation, and to the amount of the allocation if granted.
History.—Stats. 1981, Ch. 998, in effect September 29, 1981, substituted "the" for "such" before the first and second "funds" in the second sentence and at the beginning of the third sentence in, and added "423.3" after "423" in the third sentence of the first paragraph; and substituted "the" for "such" before "funds" in the first sentence of, before "governing" at the beginning of the second sentence of, and before the second "local" and before the third "allocation" in the third sentence of the second paragraph.
* Section 7 of Stats. 1976, Ch. 658, provided that the intent of the Legislature is to reallocate the open-space subventions to give greater priority to lands which are threatened with development or urbanization. It is also the intent of the Legislature that the provisions of this bill apply only until a revised system is developed by the state to more clearly express its interest in the preservation of certain categories of land.
† For the genesis of Chapter 3 see: Stats. 1969, p. 3115; Stats. 1970, p. 899; Stats. 1970, p. 2067; Stats. 1971 (First Extra Session), p. 4881; Stats. 1971 (First Extra Session), p. 5136; Stats. 1972, p. 1977. These provisions were renumbered 16140–16153 and amended in part by Stats. 1972, p. 1997, in effect August 18, 1972.