Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2001 ch. 080
Other Identifying Information:2001 House Bill 2234
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning rural water districts; relating to the procedure for releaseof lands from a district; repealing K.S.A. 82a-630.
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CHAPTER 80

HOUSE BILL No. 2234


An Act concerning rural water districts; relating to the procedure for release

of lands from a district; repealing K.S.A. 82a-630.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. (a) Terms used in this section shall have the meanings

provided by K.S.A. 82a-612, and amendments thereto.

(b) If certain lands included within a district cannot be economically

or adequately served by the facilities of the district, the owners of such

lands may petition the board of directors of the district to release those

lands from the district. The petition shall describe the lands requested to

be released and shall be signed by at least 75% of the total number of

the owners of the lands requested to be released. The board of directors

may prescribe a fee to be collected from the petitioners for the purpose

of offsetting costs reasonably expected to be incurred by the district in

hearing the request for release. The petition for release, together with a

verified list of the names and addresses of all owners of the land requested

to be released, and the prescribed fee, shall be filed with the secretary

of the district.

(c) If the board of directors of the district finds the petition to be in

proper form, the board shall conduct a hearing on the petition for release.

Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be mailed to all owners

of land requested to be released not later than 10 days before the hearing.

The hearing may be continued from time to time without further notice

to landowners. In considering the petition for release, the board shall

consider whether the lands requested to be released cannot be econom-

ically or adequately served by the facilities of the district and whether the

release would be in the best interests of the landowners and the district,

based on the following factors:

(1) Whether the petitioners for release of lands have applied for one

or more benefit units to serve the lands requested to be released, which

applications have been denied;

(2) the length of time before the board of directors reasonably expect

to make water service available to the lands requested to be released;

(3) whether water service is available from another source if the lands

are released from the district;

(4) if water service is available from the district to the lands requested

to be released, the relative cost of obtaining such water service, as deter-

mined by the district, compared to the additional value of the lands after

water service is made available;

(5) if water service is available from the district, the cost of obtaining

such water service, as determined by the district, compared to the cost

of obtaining water from another source;

(6) whether any applicable law will prevent any other water suppliers

from serving the lands requested to be released; and

(7) whether the district's interest in maintaining the integrity of its

territory is outweighed by the landowners' need to obtain a source of

supply of water to the lands requested to be released.

(d) The board may approve the release of all or part of the lands

requested to be released or may deny the request. The burden of proof

shall be on the petitioners for release. The board of directors shall make

a determination on the petition for release within 120 days after its re-

ceipt, shall record its findings in the minutes of the district and shall mail

a copy of such findings to each petitioner within seven days.

(e) Any owner of land requested to be released from the district who

is dissatisfied with the determination of the board of directors on the

petition for release may bring an action in the district court of the county

in which the district is located to determine if the board of directors of

the district abused its discretion in making such determination. Such ap-

peal shall be filed within 30 days after the final decision of the board.

(f) If the board of directors of the district approves the petition, or if

the district court on appeal determines that the board abused its discre-

tion in denying release, a copy of the board's action approving the release

or of the district court's order on appeal, as the case may be, shall be

transmitted to the chief engineer and to the county clerk, who shall note

the change of such district's boundaries.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 82a-630 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the Kansas register.

Approved April 3, 2000.

Published in the Kansas Register April 12, 2000.


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Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001