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24-611a. Agreements to allow drainage from land located outside district. (a) The board of supervisors and the owners of land which is located outside a drainage district organized pursuant to K.S.A. 24-601 et seq . , and amendments thereto, may enter agreements allowing water from such land to drain into the drainage system of the district. All moneys received under such agreements shall be used for drainage district purposes.

(b) If the owner of any land which is located outside of any drainage district constructs any ditch or drain so that the water on such land 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 agreement with the board of supervisors of such drainage district, the owner shall be deemed to have made voluntary application to be included in such drainage district and receive the benefits thereof. 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 shall be deemed to receive the benefits of such drainage system. The board of supervisors of such drainage district may bring an action in the county where such land or drainage district 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 to recover payment for the benefit received and to include such land within the 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. If any such land which drains or is drained into the drainage system of any other drainage district is located within a drainage district organized under any law of the state of Kansas, the drainage district in which such land so drained is located may be named the defendant instead of the owner of the land. 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. If such proceedings are so prosecuted in the district court the proceedings shall be governed by the code of civil procedure. The district court may assess against the drainage district receiving the benefits of the drainage of its land into the system of another district an annual payment commensurate with such benefits. All money collected under this subsection shall be used for drainage district purposes.

History: L. 2001, ch. 76, ยง 3; July 1.

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