STREETS AND HIGHWAYS CODE
36600. This part shall be known and may be cited as the "Property
and Business Improvement District Law of 1994."
36601. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Businesses located and operating within the business districts
of this state's communities are economically disadvantaged, are
underutilized, and are unable to attract customers due to inadequate
facilities, services, and activities in the business districts.
(b) It is in the public interest to promote the economic revitalization
and physical maintenance of the business districts of its cities
in order to create jobs, attract new businesses, and prevent the
erosion of the business districts.
(c) It is of particular local benefit to allow cities to fund
property related improvements, maintenance, and activities through
the levy of assessments upon the real property that benefits from
(d) Assessments levied for the purpose of providing improvements
and promoting activities that benefit real property are not taxes
for the general benefit of a city, but are assessments for the improvements
and activities which confer special benefits upon the real property
for which the improvement and activities are provided.
36602. The purpose of this part is to supplement previously enacted
provisions of law that authorize cities to levy assessments within
a business improvement area. This part does not affect or limit
any other provisions of law authorizing or providing for the furnishing
of improvements or activities or the raising of revenue for these
36603. Nothing in this part is intended to preempt the authority
of a charter city to adopt ordinances providing for a different
method of levying assessments for similar or additional purposes
from those set forth in this part. A property and business improvement
district created pursuant to this part is expressly exempt from
the provisions of the Special Assessment Investigation, Limitation
and Majority Protest Act of 1931 (Division 4 (commencing with Section
36604. This part is intended to be construed liberally and, if
any provision is held invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain
in full force and effect. Assessments levied under this part are
not special taxes.