Why have service levels and maintenance at the parks in the Elk Grove West / Vineyard Park area been reduced?

The Landscape & Lighting benefit assessment Cosumnes CSD relies on to maintain the 10 parks, trails and street landscaping in this part of Elk Grove – known as “Benefit Zone 3” – is insufficient to cover increasing costs for water, services and asset replacement. This budget shortfall has been closed with the use of reserve funds since 2009. Unfortunately, reserve funds are beginning to dry up and may soon be depleted. As a result, Cosumnes CSD was forced to reduce staffing hours and contractor services effective July 1, 2018. These measures saved approximately $129,000. The balance of the FY 2018-19 deficit, $79,362, will be covered with the use of reserve funds.

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1. Why have service levels and maintenance at the parks in the Elk Grove West / Vineyard Park area been reduced?
2. How will the service level cutbacks affect the maintenance of parks in Benefit Zone 3?
3. Which parks are impacted?
4. How are park maintenance costs funded?
5. What do you spend the assessment you do collect on?
6. What caused the funding shortfall for park maintenance in Benefit Zone 3?
7. Why does it appear that Jordan Family Park is still being maintained at a higher level if the benefit zone has no funding?
8. What are potential solutions to closing this funding gap and restoring service levels?
9. What can I do as a property owner to help?