[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 22
1969 - College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary quarters at Hart High School [story]


Property owners in Santa Clarita have voted to approve changes to their landscape maintenance district rates and boundaries, according to a city staff report published Thursday.

Weighted by the proportional share of money they’d pay, 56 percent of the ballots (representing $1,145,974 in assessments) were marked “yes,” and 44 percent ($901,745) were marked “no.”

Ballots were mailed July 27 to 16,879 property owners and had a 36 percent return rate.

Even if the state constitution didn’t require the ballots to be weighted by valuation, the proposal still would have passed – barely. Of the 5,696 ballots returned, 50.9 percent (2,899) said “yes” and 49.1 percent (2,797) said “no.”

Landscape maintenance district fees appear on property tax bills. They pay for the upkeep of landscape and hardscape in the public right-of-way such as landscaped medians, street trees and paseos.

Under the new formula, rates for a majority of current payers go down because under Proposition 218, rates must be assessed in accordance with the amount of benefit each property receives. That’s a change from the “one property, one vote” method now in place.

Today, for instance, a house near the Valencia mall pays the same rate as the mall. Under the new system, the mall would pay more and the homeowner would pay less.

One of the most dramatic decreases is in Valencia Hills, where homeowners now pay $378.81 per year to maintain trees. Their rate would drop to $34.80.

About 76 percent of all parcels are in the city’s landscape maintenance district today. The new plan boosts the percentage to 87, including 2,000 properties in and around Old Town Newhall that would be included for the first time – and which would pay an assessment of up to $71.57  per year for the first time.

However, the east and west side of Sierra Highway at Friendly Valley Parkway will not be levied until the 2013-14 fiscal year and only then with specific City Council approval. Median improvements planned for the section of Sierra Highway between Via Princessa and Friendly Valley Parkway won’t be completed before the August 2012 cutoff.

“The window for levying special assessments closes in early August,” city Treasurer Darren Hernandez said. “Therefore, the earliest (the fees) could be implemented is for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.”

Changes for everybody else will take start taking effect next July.

“All of the other areas involved already have their improvements in place,” Hernandez said. “All special assessments require annual approval by the City Council following a public hearing. At any year, the council could decide to not levy a special assessment and provide an alternative means for funding the maintenance of the improvements, if such is available.”

The City Council is scheduled to certify the ballot results Tuesday and consider adopting the technical report that would put the changes into effect.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

5 Comments

  1. SALLY says:

    Who in their right mind would approve to raise their taxes Why dosen’t the city of Santa Clarity pay for this why do we have to foot the bill Who ever voted yes should have their heads examined

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully we made it clear in the story that rates would go *down* for 90 percent of homeowners? If that’s unclear, please let us know and we’ll try to make it more clear.

      • Anonymous says:

        Your story indeed makes it clear that most were voting for a decrease. This election has several different dimensions all mixed into one. If a zone such as Northbridge Point is looked at by itself it makes sense that the commercial property should pay more than a single family residence. It further makes sense that the commercial property has more voting weight as they will be paying more. What does not make sense is that all of the SFR’s who are likely to vote ‘yes’ due to their insignificant decrease are also effectively voting a brand new tax on the residences in Newhall and Friendly Valley because of their relatively high ballot weight. As soon as I can get my hands on the parcel by parcel voting record I want to do a complete analysis of the results. If those in Newhall and Friendly Valley voted a majority ‘yes’ it won’t really matter how the election was staged. If they voted a majority ‘no’ then essentially they were imposed a new tax by people living in other parts of the city. And that would be wrong.

        • Anonymous says:

          It will be interesting to see whether the notion of separate LMDs for different parts of town gains any traction at the next council meeting.

  2. John of Newhall says:

    Right. On the other side of Lyons, the north side, my neighbor got to vote themselves a ten dollar year decease, going down to about $210. (Due to CPI increase on assessments this will disappear within 2 years.) My neighbors voted also, probably not knowing it, for the people on the south side of Lyons, like me, to pay a new tax of $60 and to bring our parcel into the “District”. There were five different ballot information letters, seven different ballots, and literally too many to count increase/decrease amounts on the ballots, due to varying percentages of “EBU”’s. But there was only one YES or NO. Not every parcel in SCV voted in this “election”, just those drawn in to make the YES vote likely, given the weighting of the ballots. The City claims that this is done according to state law, but there is a lot going on with the one “vote.” But think, is it really fair to ask some people to vote YES to reduce their own tax, and to vote to bring in new parcels of others that must pay a new tax? Is this really the only way the City could have done this? See http://santaclaritaassessmentballot.blogspot.com/ .

Leave a Comment


LATEST CITY HEADLINES
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
The new pedestrian bridge crossing McBean Parkway is expected to be open in time for weekend foot traffic.
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
The intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road will be under construction from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday night, September 29 and Saturday morning, September 30.
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
Road rehab on major arterial roads and intersections in the city of Santa Clarita continues into October.
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting our younger residents to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration.
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
The city of Santa Clarita invites nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about the city's 2018 Community Services and Arts Grants Program to a meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 12 p.m.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
The governing boards of College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union School District are scheduled to discuss plans for a new Academy of the Canyons-style campus at the future Castaic High School when they sit down for their annual joint meeting Sept. 27.
COC, Hart Planning ‘North Academy’ at Castaic High School
The League of California Cities, with representatives from cities statewide including Santa Clarita, is calling for Gov. Jerry Brown to veto SB 649, which if enacted would allow the wireless industry to install new 5G equipment with little input from local jurisdictions.
League of California Cities Urges Governor to Veto 5G Wireless Equipment Bill
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, an off-duty LAPD officer and Canyon Country resident, died Thursday evening after a collision in Porter Ranch. Plus, check out all the exciting events happening this weekend. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, September 22, 2017
The new pedestrian bridge crossing McBean Parkway is expected to be open in time for weekend foot traffic.
New Pedestrian Bridge on McBean Parkway Set to Reopen Saturday
The Child and Family Center will begin providing outpatient substance use treatment services for adolescents and young adults with primary substance use disorders under the California Drug MediCal Program starting Tuesday, October 3.
Oct. 3: Child and Family Center Begins Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will host a caregivers' workshop at the Senior Center in Newhall on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 30: COC, Senior Center Host Caregiver Workshop
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is strongly opposing the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare legislation, saying it would undermine the well-being of the county’s most vulnerable populations and burden taxpayers with heavier costs for years to come.
Supes Say Graham-Cassidy Bill Threatens Health of Millions of LA County Residents
The intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road will be under construction from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday night, September 29 and Saturday morning, September 30.
Sept. 29-30: Soledad and Bouquet Canyon Repaving
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years.
COC Foundation Launches ‘First-Year Promise’ Fundraising Campaign
Road rehab on major arterial roads and intersections in the city of Santa Clarita continues into October.
Santa Clarita Road Rehab Drives into October
More than 60 Air Force senior leaders convened on Friday to discuss the Air Force’s aircrew crisis, which has left the service more than 1,500 pilots short of its requirements.
Short by 1,500 Pilots, Air Force Leaders Address Aircrew Crisis
The Santa Clarita Valley has five major industry clusters and the SCV Economic Development Corporation targets its economic development efforts to support and expand them.
Five Growing Industry Clusters in the Santa Clarita Valley
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Veterans Affairs Department VA announced Friday that it continues to provide vital health care and other support to displaced Veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
VA Aids Veterans in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Gatorade made misleading “anti-water statements” while pushing the benefits of its sports drinks in a video game marketed to teenagers, according to a settlement announced Thursday by California’s attorney general.
California Fines Gatorade $300K for ‘Anti-Water’ Ad Campaign
John Gasparyan, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer and Canyon Country resident, died when his motorcycle crashed in Porter Ranch around 6:50 p.m. Thursday.
LAPD Officer from Canyon Country Dead in Motorcycle Crash
A former Los Angeles County probation officer was sentenced after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching two girls at a youth camp, the county District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Ex-Probation Officer Gets 364 Days for Sexual Assault
1969 - College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary quarters at Hart High School [story]
The most prestigious recognition for government assessment agencies has been awarded to the Office of the Assessor in Los Angeles County.
County Awarded Prestigious Government Assessment Award
The Dodgers, who have clinched a postseason berth for the fifth consecutive year, return home tomorrow to open their final homestand of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants (Sept. 22-24) and San Diego Padres (Sept. 25-27).
Dodgers Back Home Friday; Last Homestand of 2017 Season
Auditions for the the upcoming Canyon Theater Guild's production of A Christmas Story are just around the corner.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Christmas Story Auditions at CTG
Now that the formerly great state of California is a sanctuary, I’ve got to compare that action with the actions in the early 1860s of the Confederate States of America. They decided what laws they wanted to follow and what ones they didn’t.
No Home for Me | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
Santa Clarita Valley residents have known the family-owned Italian restaurant, Sisley Kitchen, since 1993 when their doors first opened at the top of Valencia Town Center Drive in Westfield Valencia.
Renovations Complete at Sisley Kitchen
The Women's Soccer team will be finishing up their non-conference matches this weekend.
Sept. 22-24: CSUN Athletics Roundup
David Wolfram will demonstrate pastel-over-watercolor painting at the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm. This event is free, open to the public and meets at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.
Nov. 20: Pastel-Over-Watercolor Demonstration at SCAA Meeting
Beginning October 1, all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses will accept applications for admission to the fall 2018 term.
Oct. 1: CSU Accepting Fall 2018 Applications
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise (FYP) program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years
COC First-Year Promise Fundraising Campaign Underway
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting our younger residents to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration.
City Launches ’30 Things for 30 Years’ Contest; Students Invited to Take Part
California State University, Northridge’s Friends of the Oviatt Library welcomes members of the community to nominate their favorite stories about the San Fernando Valley for consideration of the San Fernando Valley Award for Non-Fiction.
CSUN Library Group Invites Community to Nominate Favorite San Fernando Valley Story
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced sellouts for all seven potential postseason home games in the Division Series and League Championship Series just hours after tickets went on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. It’s believed to be the quickest that the club has sold out of postseason tickets in Dodger Stadium history.
Dodgers NLDS, NLCS Tickets Already Sold Out
Sales of existing single-family homes increased 7.4 percent throughout Santa Clarita during August while the median price of homes that changed owners rose 6.6 percent, the Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® reported today.
Increase in SCV August Home Sales, Prices
Mountainview Elementary School parents were greeted with a voicemail Thursday morning informing them of a break-in on campus believed to have occurred the night before.
Vandals Trash Library, Computers, Classrooms at Mountainview
Hans' family did not know too much about his childhood or the country he had grown up in. About all the family knew was that Hans and his wife were born in Germany but had lived in this small Minnesota town for the last 60 years or more.
Lesson from History | Commentary by John Windsor
A gang sweep targeting Newhall 13, a well known Santa Clarita criminal organization, netted three arrests Thursday.
Three Arrests Made in Newhall 13 Gang Sweep
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is proud to announce the launch of our new LASD Facebook Español.
LASD Facebook Español Now Online
Autumn Gratitude, Santa Clarita Artists Association's new show will be open on Sept 28th and run to November 4th, with a free artists’ reception on Friday October 6th, 5 to 9 pm.
SCAA’s Newest Show, “Autumn Gratitude,” Opens