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Code of Virginia
Title 21. Drainage, Soil Conservation, Sanitation and Public Facilities Districts
Chapter 2. Sanitary Districts
10/1/2022

§ 21-121.6. Sanitary districts in certain counties with a water and sewer authority.

A. This section shall apply to any sanitary district created after January 1, 1993, in a county with an authority created pursuant to the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act (§ 15.2-5100 et seq.).

B. The circuit court shall not enter an order pursuant to § 21-123 requiring an election until a resolution of the governing body requesting the entry of such order has been filed with the circuit court.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 21-125 and 21-128, if an election conducted pursuant to § 21-124 indicates that a majority of the qualified voters of the sanitary district voting on the question are in favor of issuing bonds for a purpose for which the sanitary district was created, no bonds of the sanitary district shall be issued, and the circuit court shall not require the issuance of such bonds, without the approval of the governing body of the county.

D. If a sanitary district levies a tax upon property within the sanitary district pursuant to subdivision 6 of § 21-118, such tax shall be based on the full assessed value of the taxable property within the sanitary district, notwithstanding any special use value assessment of property within the sanitary district for land preservation pursuant to Article 4 (§ 58.1-3229 et seq.) of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1. In addition to the notice required pursuant to § 21-114, the petitioners shall provide a written notice of the court hearing to each owner of property within the proposed district which is currently assessed at its use value pursuant to Article 4 (§ 58.1-3229 et seq.) of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1. Such notice shall be mailed, first class, at least twenty-one days prior to the hearing to each such owner as listed in the current real estate assessment records, and an affidavit shall be filed with the court evidencing that such notice has been mailed.

E. The county's claim of taxes and its lien on property pursuant to Article 11 (§ 58.1-3340 et seq.) of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 shall have priority over any claim or lien for any tax levied pursuant to subdivision 6 of § 21-118.

F. The governing body of a sanitary district may enter into agreements with an authority created pursuant to the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act (§ 15.2-5100 et seq.) for the construction, operation, use, control, ownership, and maintenance of any water supply, sewerage or other systems or facilities located within or outside of the boundaries of the sanitary district. Such agreements may provide that the authority will provide any service which the authority is permitted to provide and which the sanitary district may provide through the construction, establishment, maintenance, and operation of its own system or systems. The governing body of the county shall have the power to issue bonds of the sanitary district for the construction, establishment, and maintenance of any systems providing such service, whether such systems are owned by the sanitary district or the authority. The sanitary district and the authority may also agree on the imposition, collection, and use of rates, fees, and charges relating to such systems, including reimbursements by or to persons utilizing such systems. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 2 of § 21-118, the sanitary district may sell, lease as lessor, transfer or dispose of any of its property, real, personal or mixed, to the authority without holding a public hearing.

1993, c. 272.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.