IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
WATER AND SEWER DISTRICTS
42-3239. Dissolution of a district upon transfer of assets to municipality. (1) A water, sewer, or combined water and sewer district may transfer to a municipality the assets of the district and dissolve upon a determination that each of the following conditions exists:
(a) The municipality is capable of providing all the essential functions of the district;
(b) The municipality has agreed to assume and perform the essential functions of the district;
(c) The municipality either has or is acquiring sufficient assets, infrastructure, and other resources to perform the essential operations of the district;
(d) Provisions have been made for the retirement, payment or assumption of any debt, bonds, or other liabilities and obligations of the district;
(e) Provisions have been made for the liquidation and disbursement of district assets and infrastructure not intended to be transferred to the municipality; and
(f) Notice of the proposed transfer has been published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks prior to the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the district, including information on the petition for an election on the proposed transfer; and
(g) An election has been held, if required pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, and the transfer has been approved by a majority of the qualified electors of the district voting on the issue.
(2) Prior to passage of a resolution making the required determination, the district board shall hold a hearing to receive public testimony on the proposed transfer. The public hearing shall be preceded by a notice published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks preceding the hearing, in a newspaper of general circulation in the district. The notice shall state the date, time and location of the hearing and that the purpose of the hearing is to receive public testimony on the proposed transfer and the method for a petition of qualified electors of the district to be submitted requesting an election to approve the proposed transfer.
(3) After the hearing, the district board may submit the proposed transfer to the qualified electors of the district, or shall take the matter under advisement for a period of thirty (30) days after the hearing. An election shall be held if, prior to the expiration of the thirty (30) day period, a petition signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the qualified electors of the district is submitted requesting an election on the proposed transfer. If at the end of the thirty (30) day period no petition has been submitted with the required number of signatures, the district board may proceed to adopt the resolution finding the above conditions exist and approving the transfer. An election held pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall be conducted according to the provisions of section 34-106, Idaho Code, and the proposed transfer shall be approved by a majority of the qualified electors of the district voting on the issue in order for the district board to proceed to adopt a resolution approving the transfer.
(4) In the event the district board and the municipality adopt resolutions finding the above conditions exist and approving the transfer, the district board shall file with the district court in which the district and municipality are located, a certified copy of the district resolution; certified results of the election approving the transfer, if applicable; a certified copy of the resolution of the municipality; and all other necessary documentation requested by the district court. Upon satisfying itself that the required conditions exist, the district court shall enter an order approving the transfer and assumption and establishing the date on which the district shall be dissolved; provided however, upon good cause shown, the court may extend the date upon which the district shall be dissolved. Such order shall be recorded with the county recorder and filed with the county assessor in the counties within which the district is located and filed with the state tax commission within thirty (30) days following the effective date of such dissolution. If an agreement exists between the district and municipality setting the requirements for postdissolution operations, the municipality shall operate the sewer and/or water system(s) in accordance with the agreement.
[42-3239, added 2005, ch. 244, sec. 1, p. 762.]