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2023 Statute


24-469.Same; benefits to adjoining land; incorporation into district; proceedings. That should the owner of any land or easement therein lying outside of, but adjacent or near to any drainage district, construct any ditch or drain so that the water on such land or easement will be drained into the drainage system of any drainage district or into any natural depression, draw or watercourse, or any artificial ditch, tile, or drain that drains into such drainage system, without first having entered into written contract with the board of directors of such drainage district, shall be deemed to have made voluntary application to be included in such drainage district and receive the benefits thereof; or if by the natural grade and formation of such land, the surface or flood water, or both, therefrom are drained into any ditch, tile, drain, natural depression, draw or watercourse in such drainage system of such drainage district, the owner of such land or easement shall be deemed to receive the benefits of such drainage system. Then and in either such case, the board of directors of such drainage district shall bring an action in the county where such land or easement is located, stating the name of such owner, description of the land and of the ditch, drain or natural grade or formation leading into the system of such drainage district.

Any judgment so rendered may be filed in the office of the clerk of the district court of the county and become a lien on such land in like manner as other judgments: Provided, however, That in case any such land or easement therein which drains or is drained into the drainage system of any other drainage district as aforesaid is situated within a drainage district organized under any law of the state of Kansas, the drainage district in which such land so drained is situated may be made the defendant instead of the owner of said land as hereinbefore provided, and in such case the drainage district prosecuting such proceedings shall have the option of prosecuting the same in the district court in which such drainage district or the major portion thereof is located, and if such proceedings are so prosecuted in the district court they shall be governed entirely by the code of civil procedure of the state of Kansas, and such court shall render such judgment as the facts shall warrant: Provided, however, That such district court may in lieu of other judgment assess against the drainage district receiving the benefits of the drainage of its land into the system of another district as hereinbefore set out, an annual payment commensurate with such benefits. All money collected by proceedings under this section shall be paid in to the treasurer of the district bringing such proceedings to be used as other funds thereof.

History: L. 1919, ch. 188, § 7; L. 1923, ch. 138, § 2; March 26; R.S. 1923, 24-469.

2024. Powered by KLISS. Rendered: 2024-06-19T14:27:34. Head Rev No: 787306(I)