How are park maintenance costs funded?

Landscape and Lighting (L&L) assessments paid by property owners are the predominant source of funding to maintain parks, including replacement of equipment, restroom cleaning, tree service and sport court resurfacing. These assessments are collected in 13 “benefit zones” throughout the District. There are also four “overlay zones” in which smaller segments of property owners within one of the 13 benefit zones have voted to pay an additional assessment to fund maintenance at park facilities within their immediate neighborhood. 

Each benefit zone has a unique assessment based on the special benefit provided by its landscape amenities. The annual assessment in Benefit Zone 3 for FY 2018-19 is about $132.25 per Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU). 

Under California law, assessments may not be increased by an amount greater than the annual Consumer Price Index adjustment without the approval of a weighted majority vote of property owners in that benefit zone. This process is conducted by mail, and each property owner's vote is weighted based on the total amount of the assessment on that owner's property. Without support at the 50 percent + 1 threshold, service level reductions need to be implemented, and development of new parks will be indefinitely postponed in an effort to maintain a balanced budget.

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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. Are park maintenance services being reduced at parks in other parts of the District?
9. Why has the basketball hoop at Amundson Park been taken down?
10. What are potential solutions to closing this funding gap and restoring service levels?
11. What can I do as a property owner to help?