Note: The Central Elk Grove Benefit Zone has $2.4 million of unfunded Park Maintenance Management Plan Projects identified. Due to limited funding in this Benefit Zone, only projects related to health and safety will be completed until additional funding is identified.
All but two of the benefit zones are currently funded at sustainable levels. Benefit Zone 3 (Elk Grove West Vineyard) and Benefit Zone 6 (Central Elk Grove) – are not adequately funded.
There are 10 parks in Benefit Zone 3 and eight parks in Benefit Zone 6, in addition to streetscapes and trails. Low assessment rates were established in these two benefit zones about 20 years ago and have not been increased since 1997, except for adjustments tied to the CPI (0.50–2.5 percent in past five years).
Today, there is a gap between maintenance costs and assessment revenues because water rates and service costs have increased faster than these CPI inflation adjustments.
Funding challenges in Benefit Zone 3 and Benefit Zone 6 are not new. In 2009, property owners in both zones were given an opportunity to approve higher assessments to offset funding shortages for maintaining parks and other facilities. They overwhelming rejected the proposed assessment increase.
In November 2017, CSD conducted a survey among all property owners in Benefit Zone 3 and Benefit Zone 6 to determine whether they would support an assessment increase. The survey results were well below the minimum threshold needed for approval. As a result, CSD decided to not proceed with a vote-by-mail procedure pursuant to Prop 218.