Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
DOC-2018-166

Public hearing to consider new or increased rate assessment for Zone Blue Mountain Ridge within County Service Area 23, Old Ranch Road, for road maintenance and operations, and consider related actions, as outlined in the memorandum of the Director of Public Works

Information

Department:DPW: ProgramsSponsors:Director John Presleigh
Category:DPW PROG. - Board LetterProjects:Master Calendar

Financial Impact

Fees are established for fiscal year 2018/19 and are solely for the use of Zone Blue Mountain Ridge in County Service Area No. 23, Old Ranch Rd.

Board Letter

Recommended Actions

1.              Open the public hearing, hear objection or protests, if any, to the proposed benefit assessment for Zone Blue Mountain Ridge (BMR) within County Service Area (CSA) 23, Old Ranch Road;

 

2.              Request the submittal of all ballots for the proposed 2018/19 benefit assessment for Zone BMR;

 

3.              Close the public testimony portion of the public hearing and continue the public hearing until later on today’s agenda to allow for tabulation and certification of the ballots;

 

4.              Resume the public hearing; accept the certification of the vote results for Zone BMR; close the public hearing, direct Public Works to retain the ballots for at least six months following the certification; and

 

5.              Consider adoption of a resolution authorizing and levying a new or increased assessment for Zone BMR, within CSA 23, Old Ranch Road, for the 2018/19 fiscal year, contingent on the result of the votes.

 

Executive Summary

Conduct a public hearing related to the establishment of fees for Zone BMR of CSA 23, Old Ranch Road.  Accept certification of the ballot results and if appropriate, adopt a resolution establishing said fees. 

 

Background

On January 9, 2018, the Board approved the Engineer’s Report for Zone BMR, CSA 23 Old Ranch Road and set today for a public hearing on the establishment of fees for the new zone. The Board directed Public Works to mail ballots to the owners of record within Zone BMR, and set today as the public hearing date to take testimony and call for the submission of ballots on the benefit assessment.

 

Analysis

Benefit assessment fees are governed by Article XIIID of the California Constitution and Proposition 218.  In order to move forward with the benefit assessment proceeding, it will be necessary for the Board to open the public hearing, take testimony, request ballots, close the public testimony portion of the public hearing and allow for the tabulation and certification of the ballot proceedings. Upon continuation of the public hearing, the Board must then accept the certification, close the public hearing and if appropriate, adopt a resolution establishing the assessment fees. 

 

Ballots establishing an assessment of $5,000.00 for Zone BMR in Fiscal Year 2018/19 with each year thereafter proposed to be $2,500.00, were mailed to affected property owners. Votes are weighted by the amount each property owner is required to pay. If a majority protest exits, the Board shall not establish the fee. Property owners will be provided the opportunity, but are not required, to prepay up to $2,500.00 of the 2018/19 assessment prior to June 30, 2018.