Dissolution is being considered because, for several years now, the assessment revenue generated in both Landscape Assessment Districts (Districts) has been insufficient to cover even the bare essential level of landscape maintenance and related services needed.
Districts are meant to be self-supporting through assessments on properties that benefit from the services provided. The annual assessment amounts of $236 per parcel in District 39 and $220.50 per parcel in District 41 were established upon their formation in 1985 and have never been increased.
For more than 10 years, the City has used Diamond Bar General Fund dollars to subsidize the budget shortfalls in each District which placed added strain on the City’s limited resources and diverts funds needed in other areas of benefit to the greater community such as public safety, road and park maintenance.
In order to help make the Districts financially viable again, the City conducted a mailed ballot proceeding in summer 2019. The ballot asked District property voters whether or not they would support an assessment increase. The majority of ballot respondents opposed the increase.
For details, visit the District Background information page and Prop 218 ballot information webpage.
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Dissolution means the Landscape Assessment Districts (Districts) will cease to exist, at which time responsibility for the maintenance of the district will be turned over to property owners.
You have two options for determining the LAD in which your property is located:
Look at your annual property tax bill – you will find the assessment listed among the various taxes and charges levied on your property. Visit the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office website for additional details at https://assessor.lacounty.gov/
Visit the LAD information page on the City website, (www.diamondbarca.gov/lad), and enter your address into the City’s interactive, multilayer GIS map viewer and click on your parcel to view which LAD your property is located in, approximate property line boundaries and parcel map.
Prior to the July 1 transition, it is suggested that property owners become familiar with their maintenance responsibilities and review the following:
Property owners may make changes in accordance with City landscape and construction regulations. Contact the Planning Division for additional details by submitting an inquiry form.
Yes, property owners may remove trees on their properties. As a reminder, Diamond Bar is home to many protected species of trees, including Sycamore, Oak, and Black Walnut, and property owners should verify the species prior to removal.
A complete grid trim of the trees located within the districts is not scheduled for this fiscal year. Property owners may request trimming or maintenance of trees that may pose a health and safety issue by contacting the City’s Public Works Department at (909) 839-7060 or www.diamondbarca.gov/report
The City will continue to maintain the five mini-parks and trails after the July 1, 2021 dissolution.
No, all irrigation equipment will remain but City utility accounts, (water and electricity), will be closed effective June 30, 2021.
The City maintains trees located within parkways and medians.
The final day the City will maintain the landscaped areas located on private property within the districts will be June 30, 2021.
No, this is not public information.
The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Division is responsible for ensuring property owners adhere to all City maintenance guidelines. Residents are encouraged to report unmaintained areas to the Neighborhood Improvement office at (909) 839-7030 or www.diamondbarca.gov/report
Upon dissolution, the property tax assessment will no longer be charged, starting with the 2021-22 fiscal year. Property owners must contact their Homeowners Association for fee information.
All scheduled maintenance will be completed prior to dissolution. No new vegetation will be planted, as this is not included in the current fiscal year budget.
For the current fiscal year of 2020-2021, a total of $264,981 was budgeted for District 41 and $375,748 for District 39.