How do I know that my assessment is only being used for maintenance within my district and not for any other purpose?

 State law requires all assessment funds be deposited into a special account and only used to fund the maintenance of district areas as permitted by the assessment district’s original formation.  No funds from these assessments can go into the City’s General Fund. Additionally, the City is required to put the maintenance contract out for competitive bidding and award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, and assessment expenditures are subject to annual audits. Also in keeping with State law, every year an independent report must be generated to verify the assessment expenditures are aligned with the maintenance costs, and the City Council must approve the assessment during one of its regularly scheduled public meetings.

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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?