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SECTION 53370-53371.3

53370. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Community Rehabilitation District Law of 1985.

53370.3. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a method of financing the rehabilitation, renovation, repair, or restoration of existing public facilities. This chapter does not affect or limit any other provisions of law authorizing or providing for the rehabilitation, renovation, repair, or restoration of public facilities or the raising of revenue for those purposes.

53370.7. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) California's economy and the well-being of its citizens depend on maintaining a framework of essential public works in fit condition.

(b) Many California public works have been undermaintained or are simply old enough to require rehabilitation or replacement.

(c) Many local governments do not have a viable means of financing needed rehabilitation and replacement of their public facilities and the creation of a suitable financing mechanism is essential.

53371. This chapter shall be liberally construed in order to effectuate its purposes.

53371.3. Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions contained in this section shall govern the construction of this chapter:

(a) "Clerk" means the clerk of the legislative body of the city or county in which the district or proposed district is located. (b) "County" means a county or a city and county.

(c) "District" means a community rehabilitation district created pursuant to this chapter.

(d) "Legislative body" means the city council in the case of a city or the board of supervisors in the case of a county or a city and county.

(e) "Public capital facilities" means publicly owned facilities with a useful life of five years or more and include, but are not limited to, the facilities described in Section 53380.7.

(f) "Rehabilitation" means rehabilitation, renovation, repair, restoration, replacement, enlargement, modernization, or relocation.