According to the California Joint Exercise of Powers Act (Government Code section 6500 et seq.), two or more public agencies may create a third independent agency through a joint powers agreement. In general, these Joint Powers Agencies (JPAs), are created in order for the founding public agencies to jointly share a common power, implement a program, build new facilities, or deliver a service.
Effective January 1, 2017, the law requires that JPAs formed by one or more public agencies for the purpose of providing municipal services file a copy of the agreement and any amendments to the respective county’s LAFCO. The JPAs were mandated to submit a copy of their agreements and amendments by July 1, 2017. JPAs that failed to submit their agreements will be prohibited from issuing bonds or incurring indebtedness of any kind until they meet this requirement.
Below is a list of JPAs operating within Orange County, which have complied with the above requirement, and their respective agreements.