IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
HEADGATES AND MEASURING DEVICES
42-714. Budget — Collection method — Enforcement. (1) The budget, when approved, shall be filed with the secretary of the meeting and the district treasurer and thereupon the district hydrographer shall immediately prepare and file a certified copy thereof with the director of the department of water resources. The budget so approved shall be due and payable on the first day of April of each year unless a different due date is specified by resolution of the appropriators or water users at the annual meeting. Any assessments not paid by the due date shall bear interest from the due date until paid at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
(2) The district hydrographer is authorized to collect his compensation and that of his assistants, and other expenses of the district, directly from the appropriators or water users, canal companies, and irrigation districts. The district hydrographer shall collect such compensation and expenses directly from the appropriators or water users and shall turn the collected funds over to the water measurement district treasurer for deposit and disbursement in accordance with section 42-715, Idaho Code.
(3) The district hydrographer is authorized to cause the delivery of water to be withheld or to cause diversions of water to cease by those users who have not paid their pro rata share of the cost of operating the district as levied until such time as the pro rata share of the cost is paid.
(4) The water measurement district shall have the right to collect any charges due and unpaid, by civil action, the action to be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of the district hydrographer to whom such charges are payable, and in addition to the amount found due, together with interest and costs, may also recover such sum as the court may adjudge reasonable as attorney’s fees in the action.
(5) The appropriators or water users may by resolution request the department of water resources to prepare and mail the billings for the collections authorized in this section. The resolution will agree to reimburse to the department the actual cost incurred by the department in preparing and mailing the billings.
[42-714, added 1995, ch. 291, sec. 3, p. 1023.]