(a) At the conclusion of the hearing, the legislative body may adopt a resolution proposing adoption of the infrastructure financing plan, as modified, and formation of the infrastructure financing district in a manner consistent with Section 53395.19, or it may abandon the proceedings. If the legislative body adopts a resolution proposing formation of the district, it shall then submit the proposal to create the district to the qualified electors of the proposed district in the next general election or in a special election to be held, notwithstanding any other requirement, including any requirement that elections be held on specified dates, contained in the Elections Code, at least 90 days, but not more than 180 days, following the adoption of the resolution of formation. The legislative body shall provide the resolution of formation, a certified map of sufficient scale and clarity to show the boundaries of the district, and a sufficient description to allow the election official to determine the boundaries of the district to the official conducting the election within three business days after the adoption of the resolution of formation. The assessor’s parcel numbers for the land within the district shall be included if it is a landowner election or the district does not conform to an existing district’s boundaries and if requested by the official conducting the election. If the election is to be held less than 125 days following the adoption of the resolution of formation, the concurrence of the election official conducting the election shall be required. However, any time limit specified by this section or requirement pertaining to the conduct of the election may be waived with the unanimous consent of the qualified electors of the proposed district and the concurrence of the election official conducting the election.

(b) If at least 12 persons have been registered to vote within the territory of the proposed district for each of the 90 days preceding the close of the hearing, the vote shall be by the registered voters of the proposed district, who need not necessarily be the same persons, with each voter having one vote. Otherwise, the vote shall be by the landowners of the proposed district and each landowner who is the owner of record at the close of the protest hearing, or the authorized representative thereof, shall have one vote for each acre or portion of an acre of land that he or she owns within the proposed district. The number of votes to be voted by a particular landowner shall be specified on the ballot provided to that landowner.

(c) Ballots for the special election authorized by subdivision (a) may be distributed to qualified electors by mail with return postage prepaid or by personal service by the election official. The official conducting the election may certify the proper mailing of ballots by an affidavit, which shall be exclusive proof of mailing in the absence of fraud. The voted ballots shall be returned to the election officer conducting the election not later than the hour specified in the resolution calling the election. However, if all the qualified voters have voted, the election shall be closed.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1575, Sec. 1.)