Assessment Districts

BALLOTING UPDATES

Update August 7, 2019 - DISTRICT 39 ASSESSMENT BALLOT PROCEEDING TABULATION RESULTS

A total of 481 ballots were received, tabulated an weighted according to the proportional benefit received and proposed assessment to be paid by each property owner. The number of weighted votes cast in opposition (378) exceeded the number of weighted votes cast in support (103), therefore the proposed assessment District 39-2019 does not pass.

Results Summary Report - District 39
Percentage of YES ballots21.24%
Percentage of NO Ballots78.76%
Total valid ballots processed481
Total number of votes183020.63
Total valid YES ballots103
Total number of YES votes38864.52
Total valid NO ballots378
Total number of NO votes144156.11
Total INVALID votes6
Total number of INVALID votes2275.89

Any questions regarding the District 39 ballot proceeding results may be directed to the City Clerk's Office at (909) 839-7010. 

Update August 2, 2019 - PUBLIC HEARING ON DISTRICT 39 WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 6

During its regular meeting of August 6, the Diamond Bar City Council will hold a public hearing on Landscape Assessment District 39-2019 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the AQMD Auditorium, located at 21865 Copley Drive.

The public hearing will open with remarks and a presentation by City staff and consultants and continue with testimony from interested members of the public. Property owners within District 39 who have not returned their ballots may do so at the meeting prior to the close of the testimony portion of the public hearing. Once the testimony period concludes, all ballots received by mail or in person will be opened and tabulated. It is anticipated that the tabulation will be completed and results announced before the end of the council meeting.

August 6 City Council Agenda Report on Formation of Landscape Assessment District No. 39-2019

Questions regarding the public hearing or ballot tabulation process may be directed to the City Clerk's office at (909) 839-7010.

Update July 16, 2019 - DISTRICT 41 ASSESSMENT BALLOT PROCEEDING TABULATION RESULTS

A total of 181 ballots were received, tabulated an weighted according to the proportional benefit received and proposed assessment to be paid by each property owner. The number of weighted votes cast in opposition (135) exceeded the number of weighted votes cast in support (46), therefore the proposed assessment District 41-2019 does not pass.

Results Summary Report - District 41
Percentage of YES ballots25.30%
Percentage of NO Ballots74.70%
Total valid ballots processed181
Total number of votes89033.52
Total valid YES ballots46
Total number of YES votes22528.97
Total valid NO ballots135
Total number of NO votes66504.55
Total INVALID votes1
Total number of INVALID votes461.00

Any questions regarding the District 41 ballot proceeding results may be directed to the City Clerk's Office at (909) 839-7010.

Update July 12, 2019 - PUBLIC HEARING ON DISTRICT 41 WILL TAKE PLACE JULY 16

During its regular meeting of July 16, the Diamond Bar City Council will hold a public hearing on Landscape Assessment District 41-19 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the AQMD Auditorium, located at 21865 Copley Drive.

The public hearing will open with remarks and a presentation by City staff and consultants and continue with testimony from interested members of the public. Property owners within District 41 who have not returned their ballots may do so at the meeting prior to the close of the testimony portion of the public hearing. Once the testimony period concludes, all ballots received by mail or in person will be opened and tabulated. It is anticipated that the tabulation will be completed and results announced before the end of the council meeting.

July 16, 2019 City Council Agenda Report on Formation of Landscape Assessment District No. 41-2019

Questions regarding the public hearing or ballot tabulation process may be directed to the City Clerk's office at (909) 839-7010.

IMPORTANT NOTE - A separate Public Hearing on Landscape Assessment District No. 39 will take place August 6. The July 16 public hearing is only for District No. 41. 

Please refer to the ballot material you received by mail to confirm if your property is within District 41 or 39, or contact the Public Work's Department at (909) 839-7040 for help during City Hall operating hours of Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Update June 18, 2019 – REPLACEMENT BALLOTS ISSUED FOR DISTRICT 39 AND PUBLIC HEARING RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 6, 2019

Some of the ballots mailed to property owners on May 31 in the Landscape Assessment District No. 39-2019 were discovered to contain an error. The ballots for two of the assessment zones (A and C) were misprinted and the proposed assessments were listed incorrectly.

To address this error, replacement ballots will be mailed this week to the affected property owners listing the correct assessment amount. Since the original ballot listed the incorrect assessment amount, it will not be counted. And for that reason, these property owners are being asked to vote again and return the replacement ballot.

The City Council has also rescheduled the date for the public hearing as well as the date for returning the ballots to Tuesday, August 6. Ballots may be returned any time prior to the close of the public input portion of the hearing.

Property owners in zone B were not affected and will not receive replacement ballots. But may take advantage of the extended deadline and return their ballots by August 6.

Update May 31, 2019 – BALLOTS MAILED

Notices and ballots were mailed to property owners with Landscape Assessment Districts 39 and 41. To be counted, all ballots must be received (not postmarked) by the July 16 Public Hearing date.

Completed ballots may be returned by using the included postage-paid envelope, delivered in person to City Hall during office hours or at the July 16 Public Hearing.

Additional Information

For questions, contact City Hall offices at (909) 839-7000.

BACKGROUND

Assessment Districts have been in existence in California since the early 1900s. They are meant to establish a revenue stream funded by property owners within any defined geographic area to pay for certain services or improvements from which they benefit.


 

Local Assessment Districts

Diamond Bar Landscape Assessment District Nos. 39 and 41 were created by the County of Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. Upon incorporation in 1989, the City assumed the responsibility of administering the three districts and the contracts for maintenance services. Maintenance Specs

Challenge

For at least the last 10 years, the City's General Fund has covered the districts' funding shortfalls. This has ensured essential maintenance of district areas is continued at appropriate levels. However, considering the districts were intended to be self-supporting, these continuous annual subsidies are not a permanent solution as it results in diverting money the City should use for other services, such as law enforcement and public park and street maintenance. April 16, 2019 City Council Agenda Report

VIDEO (30 min): A presentation on landscape assessment districts and the ballot proceeding procedure as set by Proposition 218 (Article XIIID of the California Constitution) is provided by John Bliss, a state licensed professional civil engineer, with SCI Consulting Group at the regular Diamond Bar City Council meeting of May 21, 2019.

  1. LAD No. 39
  2. LAD No. 41

Landscape Assessment District Boundary Map No 39 Opens in new windowAbout

District is bounded on the west by Diamond Bar Boulevard and on the east by city limits. It comprises 1,249 parcels, 15 acres of slopes, 39 acres of brush, and five mini parks. PDF Map

Maintenance Work

Daily: Every day, City contractors inspect district areas and carry out a variety of maintenance work that includes debris and litter removal, playground cleanup, irrigation system checkup and repairs

Weekly or Biweekly: Every week April through November, City contractors mow, edge and trim landscaping that include turf, shrub and ground cover areas. Work frequency switches to biweekly December through March.

Annually or As-Needed: Once a year or as needed, City contractors perform fire-preventive brush clearance that includes cutting down and removing overgrown weeds and dead vegetation on hillsides and canyons close to homes. Rodent, insect and disease control within landscaped areas is handled when necessary.

Engineer's Report

Engineers-Report-for-District-39-coverEngineers-Report-for-District-41-cover Opens in new window

Proposal to Increase Assessments

During its regular meeting of April 16, 2019, the Diamond Bar City Council initiated a ballot process, consistent with the legal requirement of Proposition 218 (Article XIID of the California Constitution) to adjust the annual assessment for properties within LAD Nos. 39 and 41.  That process involves a mail-in ballot proceeding and culminates in a public hearing in front of the City Council.  City staff is holding a series of neighborhood meetings to provide information to property owners who will be asked to vote on these increases.  Since the issues in District No. 39 and District No. 41 are somewhat different, the meetings will be specific to each district.

Meeting for District No. 41 Property Owners
Meeting for District No. 39 Property Owners
Monday, May 13, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., and again 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Heritage Park, 2900 S. Brea Canyon Road
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., and again 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue


Timeline

April 16May 13 & 14May 21May 31July 16
Diamond Bar City Council initiates assessment ballot proceedingNeighborhood meetings take place to provide information to property ownersDiamond Bar City Council reviews the Engineer's Report and authorizes ballotsBallots are mailed to property owners within each of the assessment districtsDiamond Bar City Council holds a public hearing and tabulates ballot results


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