How was the new assessment determined?

The method used for apportioning the assessment is based upon the proportional special benefits to be derived by the properties in the assessment area over and above general benefits conferred on real property or to the public at large. The apportionment of special benefit is a multi-step process:  the first step is to identify the types of special benefit arising from the improvements or services, the second step is to estimate the general and special benefits, and the third step is to allocate the assessments to property based on the estimated relative special benefit for each type of property.

In order to determine the assessments, each property was assigned an estimated level of special benefit relative to a single family home.  The method of benefit determination is based on the type of property and its size.   After the level of benefit for each property was estimated, the total cost of the Landscape Assessment District Improvements to be funded by the proposed assessments was allocated to each property based on the estimated special benefit received.   

 An engineer’s report describing the proposed improvements or services, method of assessment, budget, benefits and proposed assessment for each parcel is available on the City’s website at www.diamondbarca.gov/41218 

For more information, contact the Public Works Department-Engineering at (909) 839-7040.

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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?