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Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 418, ch. 58, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1971. (19465)


Sec. 54.001. DEFINITIONS. (19467)(Text)

In this chapter: (19468)

(1) "District" means a municipal utility district operating under this chapter. (19469)

(2) "Board" means the board of directors of a district. (19470)

(3) "Director" means a member of the board of directors of a district. (19471)

(4) "Commission" means the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. (19472)

(5) "Executive director" means the executive director of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. (19473)

(6) "Public agency" means any city, the United States, the State of Texas, and any district or authority created under Article XVI, Section 59, or Article III, Section 52, of the Texas Constitution, including any river authority, or any other political subdivision or governmental agency of the United States or the State of Texas. (19474)

(7) "City" means any incorporated city, town, or village of the State of Texas whether operating under general law or under its home-rule charter. (19475)

(8) "Extraterritorial jurisdiction" means the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a city as defined in Article I, Chapter 160, Acts of the 58th Legislature, 1963, as amended (Article 970a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). (19476)

(9) "Sole expense" means the actual cost of the relocation, raising, rerouting, or changing grade or alteration of construction and providing comparable replacement without enhancing the facilities after deducting from it the net salvage value derived from the old facility. (19477)

Added by Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 774, ch. 84, Sec. 1. Amended by Acts 1981, 67th Leg., p. 961, ch. 367, Sec. 1, eff. June 10, 1981; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 795, Sec. 1.140, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 3, Sec. 1.077, eff. Aug. 12, 1991. (19478)

Sec. 54.011. CREATION OF DISTRICT. (19480)(Text)

A municipal utility district may be created under and subject to the authority, conditions, and restrictions of Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution. (19481)

Added by Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 774, ch. 84, Sec. 1. (19482)

Sec. 54.012. PURPOSES OF A DISTRICT. (19483)(Text)

A district shall be created for the following purposes: (19484)

(1) the control, storage, preservation, and distribution of its storm water and floodwater, the water of its rivers and streams for irrigation, power, and all other useful purposes; (19485)

(2) the reclamation and irrigation of its arid, semiarid, and other land needing irrigation; (19486)

(3) the reclamation and drainage of its overflowed land and other land needing drainage; (19487)

(4) the conservation and development of its forests, water, and hydroelectric power; (19488)

(5) the navigation of its inland and coastal water; (19489)

(6) the control, abatement, and change of any shortage or harmful excess of water; (19490)

(7) the protection, preservation, and restoration of the purity and sanitary condition of water within the state; and (19491)

(8) the preservation of all natural resources of the state. (19492)

Added by Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 775, ch. 84, Sec. 1. (19493)

Sec. 54.013. COMPOSITION OF DISTRICT. (19494)(Text)

(a) A district may include the area in all or part of any county or counties including all or part of any cities and other public agencies. (19495)

(b) The land composing a district need not be in one body, but may consist of separate bodies of land separated by land which is not included in the district. (19496)

Added by Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 775, ch. 84, Sec. 1. (19497)

Sec. 54.014. PETITION. (19498)(Text)

When it is proposed to create a district, a petition requesting creation shall be filed with the commission. The petition shall be signed by a majority in value of the holders of title of the land within the proposed district, as indicated by the tax rolls of the central appraisal district. (19499)

Added by Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 775, ch. 84, Sec. 1. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1423, Sec. 29, eff. June 17, 2001. (19500)

Amended by: (19501)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 761 (S.B. 1987), Sec. 5, eff. June 12, 2017. (19502)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 965 (S.B. 2014), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2017. (19503)

Sec. 54.015. CONTENTS OF PETITION. (19504)(Text)

The petition shall: (19505)

(1) describe the boundaries of the proposed district by metes and bounds or by lot and block number, if there is a recorded map or plat and survey of the area; (19506)

(2) state the general nature of the work proposed to be done, the necessity for the work, and the cost of the project as then estimated by those filing the petition; and (19507)

(3) include a name of the district which shall be generally descriptive of the locale of the district followed by the words Municipal Utility District, or if a district is located within one county, it may be designated "__________ County Municipal Utility District No. ______." (Insert the name of the county and proper consecutive number.) The proposed district shall not have the same name as any other district in the same county. (19508)

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