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State Law Governing County Service Areas

(Sections 25210.1-25338, Government Code)

The County Board of Supervisors acts as the governing body for the County Service Areas (CSA). The intent of the county service area was to provide an alternative method for providing governmental services by counties within unincorporated areas (25210.1). A County Service Area can be initiated through a resolution of the County Board of Supervisors or through a petition signed by no less than 10% of registered voters residing within the proposed area (25210.11). A Notice of Intention must be filled with the LAFCO Executive Officer prior to circulation of the petition beginning (Government Code 56700.4). Once formation proceedings have been initiated a noticed public hearing must be held. The LAFCO Commission may approve, modify, or deny the proposed district formation after receiving public testimony.

If approved, a secondary authority hearing is held once terms and conditions for the district have been adopted and a sphere of influence has been established. At the authority hearing proceedings may be terminated if protested by 50% or more of the districts registered voters. Without such a majority, the Commission orders the formation of the district upon receiving voter approval. The LAFCO Commission is able to form a CSA without notice, hearing or an election, if the Commission has received written consent to the formation signed by all of the landowners within the proposed service area (56663, 57075, 25210.14).

After the CSA has been formed, the boundaries of the service area may be altered and territory may be annexed (25210.80 & 25210.80(a)). Proceedings for annexation are initiated in correspondence to Section 56000, et seq. of the Government Code.

A CSA may be established to provide any one or more of the following types of extended services within an unincorporated area (25210.4-25210.4(b)):

(1) Extended police protection;
(2) Structural fire protection;
(3) Local park, recreation or parkway facilities and services;
(4) Extended library facilities and services;
(5) Television translator station facilities and services;
(6) Low-power television services; and
(7) Any other governmental services, referred to as miscellaneous extended services, which the county is authorized by law to perform, and which the county does not also perform to the same extent on a county-wide basis both within and outside city boundaries. These other governmental services shall include but not be limited to the following:
a. Water service;
b. Sewer service;
c. Pest or rodent control;
d. Street & highway sweeping;
e. Street & highway lighting;
f. Refuse collection;
g. Garbage collection;
h. Ambulance service;
i. Planning for a part of the county;
j. Soil conservation & drainage;
k. Animal control;
l. Services provided by a municipal advisory committee;
m. Transportation services;
n. Geologic hazard abatement;
o. Road maintenance and improvement;
p. Internment

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