Proposition 218 Notification 07-09-19

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Proposition 218 Notification
NOTICE TO NORTH DAVIS MEADOWS COUNTY SERVICE AREA PROPERTY OWNERS OF
PROPOSED NEW LANDSCAPING, STREET LIGHTING AND STORMWATER FEES
AND PUBLIC HEARING

Hearing Date & Time: July 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Hearing Location: County Administration Building
625 Court Street, Room 206
Woodland, CA 95695

This notice is being provided to you by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, as the governing body of the North Davis Meadows County Service Area (CSA), pursuant to Article XIII D, section 6 of the California Constitution (also known as Proposition 218). Proposition 218 requires the North Davis Meadows CSA to notify property owners of new or increased fees for CSA services. This letter serves as notice of the following:

  • The CSA is considering new annual property-related fees for landscaping, street lighting and stormwater services for properties in the North Davis Meadows CSA. If approved, the new charges will annually appear on your property tax bill, beginning with the fiscal year 2019-20 property tax bill.
  • A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chambers to receive public comment and protests on the proposed landscaping, street lighting and stormwater fees.
  • More information regarding the proposed landscaping, street lighting and stormwater fees is available at: www.YoloCounty.org/North-Davis-Meadows-CSA.
  • Para más información sobre los cambios propuestos del costo del agua y el drenaje, están disponibles en: www.YoloCounty.org/North-Davis-Meadows-CSA (elija “Translate” ubicado en la esquina superior derecha).
  • Более подробная информация об изменениях тарифов на водоснабжение и канализацию доступна на: www.YoloCounty.org/North-Davis-Meadows-CSA (выберите “Translate” в правом верхнем углу).

Why are new charges necessary?

The CSA levies fees to provide a source of funding for services in North Davis Meadows that the CSA would not otherwise be able to fund, and which are calculated in order to appropriately spread applicable costs amongst users according to the cost of providing the services to that user. With the exception of Consumer Price Index increases for inflation the revenue collected to provide landscaping, street lighting and stormwater services has not been changed since fiscal year 2008-09.

Periodically, the charges for CSA services should be re-examined to determine whether the revenue being collected covers all the costs related to providing the service, and builds adequate reserves for future expenses, if necessary. The current fee provides the CSA with enough revenue to maintain water wells, but not enough to pay for any other services. As the County cannot provide services that the CSA cannot fund, additional revenue must be generated if the community is to continue to receive landscaping, street lighting and stormwater services from the CSA.

Estimated Costs for Services

The estimated cost of CSA administration for each of the services identified below includes staff time to administer the CSA program, legal advice and required financial reporting.

Landscaping Service
The proposed landscaping fee is based on the results of the CSA’s April 2019 Request for Proposals for Landscape Service, estimated costs to repair the irrigation system, an agreement with the City of Davis to maintain a drainage channel, administration costs and the need for a 10% contingency reserve against future expenses of the CSA related to the provision of landscaping service.

 Landscaping Service Description  Annual Cost
 Landscape Maintenance  $31,945
 Irrigation Repair Estimate  $2,000
 Drainage Channel Maintenance per City of Davis Agreement  $900
 CSA Administration Related to Landscape Service  $6,235
 Contingency (10% of above built over 5 years)   $822
 Total amount of charge against all parcels in the CSA  $41,902

 

Street Lighting Service
The proposed street lighting fee is based on recent charges for PG&E street lighting service, the need for a 10% rate reserve against increases in PG&E rates and the cost to administer street lighting service.

 Street Lighting Service Description  Annual Cost
 PG&E Service  $8,898
 PG&E Rate Reserve (10% built over 5 years)  $178
 CSA Administration Related to Street Lighting Service  $2,235
 Total amount of charge against all parcels in the CSA  $11,311

 

Stormwater Service
The proposed stormwater fee is based on recent charges to manage vegetation in the community’s drainage system, the cost of CSA administration related to stormwater services and the need for a 10% contingency reserve against future expenses of the CSA related to the provision of stormwater service.

 Stormwater Service Description  Annual Cost
 Drainage Ditch Vegetation Management  $10,000
 CSA Administration Related to Stormwater Service  $3,325
 Contingency (10% built over 5 years)  $267
 Total amount of charge against all parcels in the CSA   $13,592

 
Proposed New North Davis Meadows CSA Charges Per Parcel

The proposed amount chargeable per year to each owner’s parcel are provided below. If approved, these charges will be collected annually on the property tax roll until the North Davis Meadows CSA determines the fee requires further adjustment or is no longer necessary.

 Property-Related Fee

 Number
of Parcels
in the CSA

 2019-20
Proposed
Charge
 Total
2019-20}
Revenue
 Landscaping Charge  95  $442  $41,902
 Street Lighting Charge  95  $119  $11,311
 Stormwater Charge  95  $144  $13,592

   
Note: Beginning on July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2025, rates shall increase by no more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA area for the most recent February to February as compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or a successor to that index designated by the Bureau or, failing that, by the Board of Supervisors.

How do I participate in this Proposition 218 proceeding?

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed new charges on Tuesday, July 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located in the County Administration Building at 625 Court Street, Room 206 in Woodland.

You are invited, but not required, to attend the public hearing and to present oral or written testimony to the Board of Supervisors. At the public hearing, the Board will consider all objections or protests, if any, to the proposed new fees. The public hearing may be continued from time to time, if necessary. Protests will not be tabulated before the close of the public comment portion of the public hearing, but protests will be public records during and after tabulation. A protest may be submitted, changed or withdrawn by the person who submitted it before the conclusion of the public testimony at the hearing.

How do the Proposition 218 proceedings work?

Proposition 218 imposes certain requirements before local entities can impose property-related fees. The requirements vary depending on the type of fee. These fees, because they are not for water, sewer or garbage collection services, require a two-step process. The first step is the majority protest proceeding referenced above. The new fees cannot be imposed if protests are submitted, and not withdrawn, by a majority of parcels (95/2 = 47.5 rounded up to 48). Should a majority of the community protest any of the new fees, the North Davis Meadows CSA will not be able to continue providing those services.

If a majority does not protest one or more of the new fees, the Board of Supervisors may submit the proposed fee to a property owner mail ballot election. If that happens, you will receive another notice and an opportunity to submit a ballot. The July 9, 2019 public hearing will be conducted as a protest hearing pursuant to the County’s Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests in Connection with Rate Hearings Conducted Pursuant to Article XIID, Section 6 of the California Constitution. A copy of these guidelines can be found online at www.YoloCounty.org/CSA.

The County will accept written protests against the proposed new fees from owners of parcels of real property subject to the fees. Written protests may be delivered to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 625 Court Street, Room 204, Woodland, CA 95695 via U.S. Mail or hand delivery. E-mailed or Faxed protests will not be accepted.

Written protests will also be accepted by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at the July 9, 2019 hearing. Any written protests must be received by the Clerk of the Board before the conclusion of the public hearing in order to be considered.

A written protest must (i) identify the fee that is the subject of the protest (landscaping fee, street lighting fee or stormwater fee), (ii) state that it is a protest against the proposed fee; (iii) identify the parcel with respect to which the protest is made (either by Assessor’s Parcel Number or Street Address); (iv) include the printed name of the person signing the protest; and (v) include the original wet signature of the person submitting the protest.

If a parcel is owned by more than a single person, any owner may submit a written protest. If an owner of a parcel is a corporation, a trust or is otherwise not a natural person, a written protest may be submitted by the owner and signed by any person authorized to execute documents on behalf of the owner. Property ownership has the same meaning as under Article XIII D of the California Constitution.

This notice has been addressed to the parcel owner shown on the last equalized secured property tax assessment roll. In the event a person not shown on the last equalized secured property tax assessment roll assumes (or otherwise has) ownership of a parcel, that person may submit a written protest with respect to that parcel. Such protest should include all information otherwise required of a written protest and must also include either proof of such ownership or a statement, submitted under penalty of perjury by the person submitting the written protest, that the person signing the protest is the owner of the parcel or (if the owner is not a natural person) is legally entitled to file the protest for the owner of the parcel.

If the Clerk of the Board receives valid protests with respect to a majority of the parcels subject to the proposed fees, then the Board of Supervisors will not continue the fee proceedings. Otherwise, the Board of Supervisors may submit the proposed fee to a property owner mail ballot election.


You may use the protest form below to oppose the new charges, but are not required to use this form. In order to be counted, a written protest from the property owner must be received by the Clerk of the Board at 625 Court Street, Room 204 in Woodland, California 95696 before the close of the public hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.


North Davis Meadows CSA Fee Protest

Mark an “X” next to any fee that you wish to protest:

        Landscaping fee of $442 per parcel?

        Street lighting fee of $119 per parcel?

        Stormwater fee of $144 per parcel?


Property address or Assessor’s Parcel Number:

Signature:

Name (printed):