By Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a report Tuesday and an ordinance to levy the annual fees for its three separate Lighting and Landscape Maintenance Districts in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Last year’s assessments totaled roughly $8 million for the maintenance of landscaped medians and parks in the unincorporated Santa Clarita Valley, and county Parks Director Russ Guiney is recommending that a comparable total amount be assessed in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
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Different zones within the three landscape districts pay different amounts based on the relative benefit they receive. The county set its current methodology for assessments in 1979. Zone assessments are subject to a cost of living increase based on the Consumer Price Index, which increased by 2.09 percent from February 2011 to February 2012.
In 1987, most of the county’s landscape maintenance zones, responsibilities and assessments that were within Santa Clarita city limits shifted from the county to the city. Those outside city limits that were in existence at the time, and those associated with subsequent development projects in the county, are handled by the county – primarily along Stevenson Ranch Parkway, Pico Canyon Road, Copper Hill Drive and Whites Canyon Road.
Property owners can protest the coming year’s fees on or before June 26, when the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the matter.
The entire board report can be read here: http://www.scvtv.com/pdf/laco_lmd_050112.pdf
The county districts and zones are as follows:
LLA District No. 1
Zone 1A — Annexation A – Copperhill Drive
Zone 1B — Annexation B – Plum/Whites Canyon
LLA District No. 2
Zone 25 Stevenson Ranch
Zone 26 Emerald Crest
Zone 28 Vista Grande
Zone 38 Sloan Canyon
Zone 51 Valencia High School
LLA District No. 4
Zone 65 Fair Oaks Ranch Phase I
Zone 65A Fair Oaks Ranch Phase II & III
Zone 65B Fair Oaks Park
Zone 66 Valencia Marketplace
Zone 67 Miramontes
Zone 68 West Creek Copperhill Village
Zone 69 West Creek Canyon Estates
Zone 70 Lakeview
Zone 71 Haskell Canyon Ranch
Zone 72 Copperhill Twenty-Two
Zone 73 Westridge
Zone 74 Tesoro Del Valle
Zone 75 Westridge Area-Wide
Zone 76 Tesoro Adobe Park
Zone 77 West Creek Park
Zone 78 The Old Road Area-Wide
Zone 79 The Old Road Local