District 41 Proposition 218 Election 2021
At its May 18, 2021 regular meeting, the City Council approved the commencement of a second Proposition 218 Ballot Election for District 41. By ballot, property owners must decide whether or not to increase the annual assessment from $220.50 to an amount ranging from $483.21 to $525.22 per parcel for the maintenance of landscaped areas within the district. The proposed increase in revenue will allow the district to be self-sustaining and no longer rely on City funds to complete landscape maintenance.
If APPROVED (a majority of the ballots received are YES votes), the following will take place:
- The annual assessment will increase to the amount listed on your ballot, $483.21 for condominiums and $525.22 for single-family homes.
- Annual assessment will appear on your 2021-22 property tax bill
- City will continue to maintain the district's landscape areas
- The formation of a new district - Landscape Assessment District 41-2021
If NOT APPROVED, (a majority of the ballots received are No votes), the following will take place:
- The annual assessment of $220.50 will cease and will not appear on your 2021-22 property tax bill
- All landscape maintenance performed by the City would become the responsibility of the property owners or homeowners' associations as of July 2021
Ballots were mailed to property owners on Thursday, May 20, 2021 and must be received by the conclusion of the comment period of the Tuesday, July 6, 2021 public hearing. Return ballots by mail using the postage-paid envelope or drop-off to the City Clerk's office located at City Hall.
- What are landscape assessment districts?
- Where is District 41 located?
- Why are property owners being asked to vote?
- Why haven’t our assessments been increased over the years to keep up with rising costs?
- What work does the City perform in our neighborhood?
- How much is the new assessment?
- How was the new assessment determined?
- If this assessment is approved, could it be increased in future years?
- How do we know that the assessment funds will be spent properly?
- What happens if this assessment increase is not approved?
- Who gets to vote on this measure and how are votes tabulated?
- How do I complete my ballot?
- How can I return my ballot?
- How will ballots be tabulated?
- How can I replace a lost or damaged ballot?
- What if ballot information is incorrect?
- May I withdraw my ballot after it is submitted?
- May I change my vote after my ballot has been submitted?
- Why in some cases are there fees for both a Homeowners Association and the assessment districts?
- Why don’t my property taxes pay for this work?
- There are other areas in the City with nice landscaping and property owners don’t pay an assessment to the City. Why is that?
- Are there exemptions or discounts for seniors or low income?