What are landscape assessment districts?

When your neighborhood was being built in the mid-1980s, the developer and the County agreed to create an assessment district as authorized by State law.  Its function is to maintain certain private properties that are of special benefit to property owners within the assessment district and to fund such maintenance by way of an annual assessment on the properties benefitted.  This assessment is collected as part of your property tax payment.  The revenues from the assessments fund the maintenance of landscaping and park facilities within the assessment district.  Three such assessment districts were formed by the County and developers, and the administration of them was taken over by the City when it incorporated in 1989.

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1. What are landscape assessment districts?
2. Where is District 41 located?
3. Why are property owners being asked to vote?
4. Why haven’t our assessments been increased over the years to keep up with rising costs?
5. What work does the City perform in our neighborhood?
6. How much is the new assessment?
7. How was the new assessment determined?
8. If this assessment is approved, could it be increased in future years?
9. How do we know that the assessment funds will be spent properly?
10. What happens if this assessment increase is not approved?
11. Who gets to vote on this measure and how are votes tabulated?
12. How do I complete my ballot?
13. How can I return my ballot?
14. How will ballots be tabulated?
15. How can I replace a lost or damaged ballot?
16. What if ballot information is incorrect?
17. May I withdraw my ballot after it is submitted?
18. May I change my vote after my ballot has been submitted?
19. Why in some cases are there fees for both a Homeowners Association and the assessment districts?
20. Why don’t my property taxes pay for this work?
21. There are other areas in the City with nice landscaping and property owners don’t pay an assessment to the City. Why is that?
22. Are there exemptions or discounts for seniors or low income?