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Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District No. 89-1-Consolidated (L&LMD No. 89-1-C) , countywide assessment district under the Landscaping and Lighting act of 1972 (1972 Act) and State of California Proposition 218, the "Right to Vote on Taxes Act" is detailed below:

The 1972 Act permits the formation of L&LMD No. 89-1-C, and annexation to said district, to finance the installation, maintenance and servicing of landscaping, trails, fencing, irrigation, streetlights, traffic signals, bridge lights, graffiti abatement, bio-swales, and fossil filters through annual assessments on real property within the district. The annual assessment for each zone in the L&LMD No. 89-1-C is based on the estimated specific benefit to each parcel, Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU) or acre and not on property valuation.

As of 1996, State of California Proposition 218 requires that all parcel assessments, such as L&LMD No. 89-1-C assessments, be presented to the property owners for their authorization in order to levy a parcel assessment. A "Special Election" is conducted to ascertain if 51% of the affected property owners are in favor of an annual assessment for L&LMD No. 89-1-C being added to their property taxes. Elections will be conducted in the same year the application for annexation is submitted.

An approved L&LMD No. 89-1-C annual assessment is subject to the greater of an annual inflation escalator of 2% or the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U or CPI-U for "electricity") as it stands on March of each year over the base Index for March in the election year. Any increase larger than the greater of 2% or the "CPI-U" (or CPI-U for "electricity") annual adjustment requires a majority approval of all the property owners within each zone of L&LMD No. 89-1-C.


Development & Design Guidelines, Annexations & Election Questions - Contact Mark Hughes at (951) 955-6767


 

Petition Forms

Conditions, Clearance & Maintenance Responsibility Flow Chart

Annexation Procedure

Petition for Annexation (Application)
                 
Agreement for Parkway Maintenance

L&LMD Disclosure Statement Guidelines

Standards

EMWD Guidelines for the Submittal of Onsite Recycled Water Irrigation Plans

Riverside County Comprehensive Landscape Guidelines & Standards

County of Riverside Friendly Plant List

Landscaping Inspection Form

Sample Landscaping Inspection Form


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.  Why is a Zone formed and annexed to L&LMD 89-1-C?

2.  What are the benefits of annexing to L&LMD No. 89-1-C?

3.  How is a Zone annexed to L&LMD No. 89-1-C?

4.  Who votes in the Special Election?

5.  If I own more than one property in the proposed Zone will I receive more than one vote?

6.  How many votes are needed for the election to pass?

7.  How is my assessment collected?

8.  How much is my annual assessment?

9.  Will the annual assessment increase in the future?

10.  When will the assessment funds for maintenance become available?

11.  When will L&LMD No. 89-1-C maintenance commence?

12.  Who is responsible for maintenance of improvements prior to L&LMD No. 89-1-C assessment funds becoming available?

13.  The annexation/election process has begun but my project is on hold; do I still have to pay the annual assessment through my property taxes even though the improvements haven’t been constructed?

 


 

    

 

1.  Why is a Zone formed and annexed to L&LMD No. 89-1-C?

To provide funding for the maintenance and servicing of landscaping, trails, fencing, irrigation, streetlights, traffic signals, bridge lights, graffiti abatement, bio-swales and fossil filters within County maintained road right-of-way. 
     



2.  What are the benefits of annexing to L&LMD No. 89-1-C?

Annexation to L&LMD No. 89-1-C enables the project applicant to comply with conditions of their development; and ultimately enhances erosion and water quality control, dust abatement, public safety, neighborhood aesthetics, traffic flow and safety, and quality of life and sense of well being for properties within the Zone. 
     



3.  How is a Zone annexed to L&LMD No. 89-1-C?

The project applicant submits an annexation application package to County Transportation Dept. staff. The application package includes a petition to the County Board of Supervisors, a fee for the processing of the annexation and special election; final maps (if applicable) and improvement plans. Once the application package is submitted, Trans. Dept. staff will calculate the annual assessment for services to be provided and process the annexation through several stages culminating in the special election and final approval at the County Board of Supervisors. 
    



4.  Who votes in the Special Election?

Only affected property owners within the proposed Zone vote in the Special Election. Tenants, renters, and lease holders do not receive a ballot and cannot vote in the Special Election. 
   



5.  If I own more than one property in the proposed Zone will I receive more than one vote? 

Yes. 
    



6.  How many votes are needed for the election to pass? 


Fifty one percent (51%) of the returned ballots must cast a “YES” vote for the election to pass. The agency shall not impose an assessment if there is a majority protest. A majority protest exists if, upon the conclusion of the hearing, ballots submitted in opposition to the assessment exceed the ballots submitted in favor of the assessment. In tabulating the ballots, the ballots shall be weighted according to the proportional financial obligation of the affected property.
    



7.  How is my assessment collected?

If the Special Election passes and is approved at the County Board of Supervisors, the County Auditor-Controller’s Office will levy the annual assessment in August of each calendar year, and it will be included on your next property tax bill. If your property is exempt from property taxes, an invoice will be sent to the property owner as assessments are not exempt from payment.
    



8.  How much is my annual assessment?

 

Your annual assessment is based on the cost of services provided; the number of units (parcels, acres, etc.), and the land use designation within the proposed Zone.
    



9.  Will the annual assessment increase in the future?


Each succeeding fiscal year the special assessment may be subject to an annual adjustment that is the greater of two percent (2%) or the cumulative percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers
 (“CPI-U" (or CPI-U "for electricity”)) for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County California Standard Metropolitan Statistical area (“Index”) published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. The annual CPI-U adjustment will be based on the cumulative increase, if any, in the “Index” as it stands on March of each year over the base Index for March in the election year. Any increase larger than the greater of 2.0% or the CPI-U annual adjustment requires a majority approval of all the property owners in the annexed zone.
    



10.  When will the assessment funds for maintenance become available?

Assessment funds are collected (in December) and transferred to L&LMD No. 89‑1‑C allowing maintenance to commence in February of the following calendar year after the annual assessment is reported to the County Auditor-Controller’s Office (in August).

    



11.  When will L&LMD No. 89-1-C maintenance commence?

Maintenance of the improvements approved through the Special Election will not commence until 1) the assessment funds are available to L&LMD No. 89‑1‑C; and 2) the improvements have been constructed and approved through inspection by County Transportation Dept. staff.
    



12.  Who is responsible for maintenance of improvements prior to L&LMD No. 89-1-C assessment funds becoming available?

The project applicant/owner is responsible for the maintenance of any improvements constructed until 1) the assessment funds are available to L&LMD No. 89-1-C; and 2) the improvements have been approved through inspection by County Transportation Dept. staff.
    



13.  The annexation/election process has begun but my project is on hold; do I still have to pay the annual assessment through my property taxes even though the improvements haven’t been constructed?

No. Once the annexation/election is approved at the Board of Supervisors the project applicant/owner can request, in writing, a deferment of the annual assessment. The deferment is good for one year and an extension of the deferment must be applied for each succeeding year. The project applicant/owner will be responsible for the maintenance of any improvements constructed until 1) the assessment funds are available to L&LMD No. 89-1-C; and 2) the improvements have been constructed and approved through inspection by County Transportation Dept. staff.