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California Laws | Harbors and Navigation Code
DIVISION 7. COUNTY PROVISIONS
CHAPTER 2. HARBOR IMPROVEMENT BONDS

4135. For such a purpose, the county may incur a bonded indebtedness, upon the conditions, in the manner and in accordance with the procedure prescribed by applicable provisions of law, including Sections 4088, 4088a and 4089 of the Political Code and Article 2 of this chapter. (2110)

4136. Any tax for such a purpose may be levied only if a proposal therefor (specifying the purpose, the rate of tax, and the number of years for which the tax is to be levied) is submitted to the qualified electors of the county, at a general or special election, and is approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon. No such tax may be levied if it operates to increase the maximum rate of taxation otherwise prescribed for the county unless the proposal therefor is approved by two-thirds of the electors voting thereon. (2111)

Any such proposal for a tax levy shall be submitted to the electors of the county, and the election thereon held, in conformity, as nearly as may be practicable, with the provisions of law applicable to the submission to the electors of a proposition for the issuance of bonds of the county and the conduct of an election thereon. (2112)

4137. The work of improving, developing, or protecting the harbor, whether the moneys therefor are the proceeds of the sale of bonds of the county or of a tax levy, shall be done under the control and management of the harbor commission pursuant to applicable provisions of law, including the provisions of the Public Contract Code and the preceding articles of this chapter, which latter provisions are incorporated herein to the extent that they are not inconsistent herewith. (2113)

4138. When the improvement, development, or protection of a particular harbor is completed, and the board of supervisors so find and determine, the management and control of that harbor vests in the board of supervisors. Thereafter the costs of maintaining the harbor is a county charge. (2114)

4139. In managing and controlling a harbor, the board of supervisors has authority, upon such terms and conditions as the board shall prescribe, to grant franchises, permits and leases for the use of lands and facilities belonging to the county, and to prescribe the rate or rates of wharfage and other charges which are appropriate for the use of any of the facilities owned or services furnished or provided by the county. All revenues derived from such franchises, permits, leases, and charges, are available solely for payment of the cost of maintaining harbors that are under the control and management of the board of supervisors, except that the board may from time to time, out of any surplus of such revenues, transfer to the appropriate funds of the county such sums as in its judgment may be available for payment of principal and interest of county bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of this article. (2115)

4140. In any year a tax may be levied for the maintenance of the harbor or harbors in the county at a rate calculated to raise a sum of money equal to the amount of the excess, if any, of the amount of the estimated cost of such maintenance over the estimated amount of revenues (derived from such franchises, permits, leases, and charges) that are or will become available to defray such cost. The rate of such tax shall not in any year exceed fifteen cents ($0.15) per one hundred dollars ($100) of the assessed valuation of all taxable property within the county, unless a proposal for a specified higher rate for a particular year is submitted to the qualified electors of the county at a general or special election and is approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon. (2116)

CHAPTER 3. GENERAL POWERS OF COUNTIES (2117)(Text)

Article 1. Towpaths (4150-4153) (2118)(Text)

4150. The board of supervisors of each county may, when public convenience for the purpose of commerce requires it, cause to be located and opened a towpath, not exceeding ten feet in width, along the banks of any navigable stream within the county. (2119)

4151. In order to locate and open a towpath, the same proceedings shall be taken as are required by law to be taken in the respective counties of this State for the purpose of locating and opening public highways. (2120)

4152. The owner of any land over which a towpath is located and opened shall not be deprived of the water frontage. He has the free use and enjoyment of his land, subject only to the right of the public to use it for the purposes of commerce. (2121)

4153. It is not necessary to construct or maintain fences on either side of any towpath, but the board of supervisors may make all necessary regulations for the government and management of towpaths, and may provide for the erection of gates and for the full and complete protection of the property through which the towpath passes. (2122)

Article 2. Miscellaneous (4160) (2123)(Text)

4160. The board of supervisors of any county in which there is a port of entry or harbor, for which there is not otherwise provided quarantine regulations, may by an ordinance adopt the whole or any part of the provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Part 1 of Divison VI, of this code, appoint a board of health, or health officer, locate quarantine grounds when necessary, and provide for the enforcement of quarantine regulations. (2124)

DIVISION 8. HARBOR AND PORT DISTRICTS (2125)(Text)

PART 2. HARBOR IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (2126)(Text)

GENERAL PROVISIONS (5800-5802) (2127)(Text)

5800. "Harbor," as used in this part, includes any bay, harbor, inlet or other arm of the sea in which the tides of the Pacific Ocean ebb and flow, or any navigable water of the Pacific Ocean suitable for the anchoring and docking of vessels. (2128)

5801. "Harbor commission," as used in this part, includes any commission, board or officer in which the improvement, development, protection, maintenance, management or control of any harbor or part of any harbor in this state is by law, ordinance, or other legal authority vested or exercised. (2129)

5802. "District," as used in this part, refers to a district formed pursuant to this part. (2130)

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