How will ballots be tabulated?

Only official ballots that are signed, marked with the property owner’s support or opposition, and received by the deadline will be counted.  Ballots will be tabulated under the direction of the City Clerk (Tabulator) on July 6 after the last call for ballots, at the conclusion of comment period of the Public Hearing.  The results of the balloting are expected to be announced at the same City Council Meeting.

 The City Council will not impose the assessment if there is a majority protest.  A majority protest exists if, upon conclusion of the ballot tabulation, ballots submitted in opposition to the assessment exceed ballots submitted in favor of the assessment.  Ballots shall be weighted according to the proportional financial obligation of the affected property.  

Each ballot is weighted by the amount of assessment it represents.  In other words, if one property owner of a home receives a ballot for $525.22 in proposed assessment, and another property owner of a condominium receives a ballot for $483.21 in proposed assessment, the first property owner’s ballot will count for approximately 1.1 times that of the second property owner because the first property owner’s ballot is for a larger proposed assessment amount.

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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?