The El Macero CSA levies an annual street assessment to provide a source of funding for a higher level of public streets services in El Macero that the CSA would not otherwise be able to fund.
The current El Macero street charge of $180 was set in 1994. At this time, the current $180 charge provides the CSA funds only adequate to provide landscaping and street sweeping services, which costs have increased over the years. The current amount will not be sufficient to continue to maintain the higher level of pavement condition that El Macero CSA desires, and requests treatment no less than every 5 to 10 years.
A letter was sent to all property owners notifying them of this recommended action and next steps. With the initiation of Prop 218 proceedings, by November 6, 2020, a mailing will go to all property owners outlining the new assessment and providing the process and timeline for property owners to submit ballots to support or oppose the new assessment. The mailing will also include a ballot and notice of the public hearing on the matter which is currently scheduled to be held at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 12, 2021 at 9:00 am. If the Prop 218 proceedings are successful (i.e. less than a majority of returned ballots protest the assessment) the increased assessment will be collected on the property tax bill beginning the 2021-2022 tax year.
Proposition 218, which was approved by the voters in 1996, implemented substantive and procedural requirements for new and increased assessments. The current assessment was grandfathered by Prop. 218, but any increase must comply with Prop. 218's requirements, including the need for an engineer's report documenting the basis for the increased assessment. County Staff and the CSA Advisory Committee have worked together to finalize the 2020 Engineer's report for El Macero Road Maintenance and Landscaping Assessment (Att A). Based on the engineer's report, the the proposed new annual assessment of $450.48 per residential property, and $6,892.20 for the El Macero Country Club.
Additionally, discussion of the new assessment will be on the agenda for the next CSA Advisory Committee meeting, scheduled for November 19.