What happens if this assessment increase is not approved?

There are several options that the City considered prior to initiating the assessment ballot proceedings to give property owners in their respective districts the opportunity to  decide whether or not to approve the assessment increase to cover their district’s maintenance needs. Should the assessment not be approved, other options that may be considered include: (1) reducing the level of maintenance service; (2) detaching some of the more expensive portions of the assessment district, which would mean the property owners would have to take over the maintenance themselves; or (3) entirely dissolving the assessment districts, which typically leads to an existing or new homeowner’s association taking over maintenance of the private properties and passing along the cost to property owners through monthly or annual fees.

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1. How and why were Landscape Assessment District Nos. 39 and 41 formed?
2. How are assessments collected?
3. Why are assessments not considered taxes?
4. What type of maintenance work is funded by the assessments?
5. How do I know that my assessment is only being used for maintenance within my district and not for any other purpose?
6. Why are property owners in District Nos. 39 and 41 being asked to vote?
7. How much is the proposed assessment increase and how will it be determined?
8. Why have assessments not been increased over the years to keep up with rising costs?
9. Why don’t my property taxes pay for this work?
10. There are other landscaped areas within the city where property owners do not pay an assessment. Why is that?
11. Why is it that some properties belong to both a Homeowner’s Association and an assessment district?
12. Who gets to vote in this ballot proceeding and how will votes be tabulated?
13. When will the ballots be mailed?
14. What happens if this assessment increase is not approved?
15. Can this assessment be increased in future years?
16. Are there exemptions or discounts for seniors or low income?