Benefit Zone 3 - Elk Grove/West Vineyard

Park & Landscape Survey

The Cosumnes CSD (District) will be surveying property owners in the underfunded portion of Benefit Zone 3 from November 1 through December 16. This area includes Amundson Park, Arcadian Village Park, Fales Park, Gage Park, Hrepich Park, Jones Park, Karamanos Park, Lombardi Park, Sheldon Place Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Property owners will receive a ballot in the mail, and must submit their completed ballot by the December 16 due date. 

These survey responses will help the District determine if it will move forward with an official Proposition 218 ballot proceeding to improve landscape maintenance services in these areas. 

Your opinion is important, if you live in one of these areas and did not receive a survey, or need a replacement, please contact our Park Maintenance Hotline!

Benefit Zone 3 Survey Map

Funding Challenges within Benefit Zone 3

Benefit Zone 3 (Elk Grove West Vineyard) is not adequately funded. 

There are 10 parks in Benefit Zone 3, in addition to streetscapes and trails. Low assessment rates were established in these two benefit zones about 20 years ago and have not been increased since 1997, except for adjustments tied to the CPI (0.50–2.5 percent in past five years). 

Today, there is a gap between maintenance costs and assessment revenues because water rates and service costs have increased faster than these CPI inflation adjustments.

History

Funding challenges in Benefit Zone 3 are not new. In 2009, property owners in both zones were given an opportunity to approve higher assessments to offset funding shortages for maintaining parks and other facilities. They overwhelming rejected the proposed assessment increase. 

In November 2017, CSD conducted a survey among all property owners in Benefit Zone 3 to determine whether they would support an assessment increase. The survey results were well below the minimum threshold needed for approval. As a result, CSD decided to not proceed with a vote-by-mail procedure pursuant to Prop 218. 

Service Level Reductions

The following reductions have been incorporated as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 L&L Budget in order to minimize the amount of Capital Reserve funding being used for routine maintenance.

  • Reduced irrigation water at parks.
  • Reduced contracted landscape services at parks, including:
    • Reduced mowing by 50% at non-sports field parks
    • Eliminated fertilization and aeration of turf
    • Eliminated weed control in turf and planters
    • Eliminated shrub pruning

Many of the expenses associated with Benefit Zone 3 are hard costs, or safety-related, and cannot be reduced. The reduction of the above items will save Benefit Zone 3 approximately $48,000, reducing the gap between expenditures and revenues.  Capital Reserves are being used again in FY 2019-2020 to cover the cost of essential maintenance. 

Some of the reductions from last fiscal year were reversed because Rau Community Park has been designated as a District Wide park, meaning costs associated with the park are now shared by all Benefit Zones.  This change has reduced the overall expenses in Benefit Zone 3.  If additional revenues are not identified, further service reductions will be needed for FY 2020-2021.

​Benefit Zone Information


Benefit Zone 3 - Elk Grove/West Vineyard benefits from having 10 parks totaling 33 acres.  It has the third most parks and park acres in the CSD Park System. Elk Grove/West Vineyard includes eight local parks, one neighborhood park, and one community park. There are 18 acres of streetscapes and trails.
 
This Benefit Zone has three areas which receive additional funding through overlay assessments:

  • Camden Estates & Camden Pointe (MacDonald Park)
  • Perry Ranch (Perry Park)
  • Vista Creek (Jordan Family Park) 
Because these three areas have additional funding, they are not subject to service reductions. 

Projects

Listed below are the 2019-200 fiscal year projects staff anticipate completing. Projects are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen budgetary changes.

  • Landscape bark will be applied to planter beds in the Perry Ranch area where the landscape bark has thinned out.
  • Playground Engineered Wood Fiber will be added to parks where needed to maintain a safe depth.
  • PebbleFlex playground surface repairs will be completed at Fales and Jordan Family Park.
  • Two concrete garbage cans will replace existing metal furniture that have reached the end of their useful life at MacDonald Park (1), and Whitehouse Trail (1).  Three concrete garbage cans, two tables, and one barbeque will replace existing metal furniture that have reached the end of their useful life at Perry Park.
  • Two metal benches will replace existing metal furniture that have reached the end of their useful life at Perry Park.
  • Drinking fountain that has reached the end of its useful life will be replaced at MacDonald Park.
  • Repairs to neighborhood sign at Sheldon Creek Drive entrance and Perry Ranch area.
  • Sidewalks will be repaired or replaced throughout the zone where lifts and/or cracks pose a potential safety hazard to pedestrians.

Note:  The Elk Grove West Vineyard Benefit Zone has $529,000 of unfunded Park Maintenance Management Plan Projects identified, and two unbuilt park sites.  Due to limited operational funding and lack of Capital Reserves in this Benefit Zone, only projects related to health will be completed until funding additional is identified.  This does not apply to the three overlay assessments identified above. 

Benefit Zone 3 Map

Benefit Zone 3 Map - Elk Grove/West Vineyard