Who determines what work needs to be done? Who pays for these services?

Formation of Zone

As part of the formation, the members of the zone appoint Representatives and identify a Key Contact to act as liaison to the County.

Role of Zone

The Engineering Division of the Public Works will perform annual condition and safety inspections, give recommendations for correcting any hazards that may exist and/or pavement maintenance recommendations, and the respective costs for said recommendations.

The Public Works Department develops with input from representatives a recommended budget, including specific projects and the amount of the assessment or tax to be charged to each property within the zone. The amount of the assessment must be based on the benefit received by each property with the nexus or methodology included in the proposed budget. All members of the zone have the right to speak and vote on these issues.

Public Works staff presents the zone's proposed budgets to the Board of Supervisors for approval annually. Any zone member may appear before the Board to speak on the proposed assessment and budget. If an increase to an existing assessment or an increase above the approved maximum special tax is proposed, it would be subject to the approval process described above.

Once approved by the Board and any required landowner ballot and registered voter election, the assessment or tax is added to the property tax bill for each parcel. The funds are collected with the property taxes and deposited into an interest-bearing account for the use of the zone. All funds are administered by the Administration Division of Public Works. Monies are not placed in the General Fund and cannot be used for other purposes.

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1. I live on a private road that needs to be maintained. The neighbors don't agree on what needs to be done or how much each of us should pay; what can be done?
2. What is a zone of benefit?
3. What are the costs associated with forming a road zone of benefit? Are there other fees required once the zone is established?
4. If some people don't support the formation, can they prevent the zone forming?
5. Who sets and approves our per parcel fee?
6. If a vote is conducted for a benefit assessment and an individual has four contiguous parcels, are they entitled to four votes?
7. If a benefit zone is formed, will the road in the zone be subject to the same regulations that the Streets and Highways Code provides for County-maintained roads?
8. If there are two components to the assessments, capital improvements and maintenance, and the assessment for maintenance is dependent upon whether the parcel is developed?
9. How is approval calculated in a benefit assessment election?
10. Who determines what work needs to be done? Who pays for these services?
11. Are we required to bring our road up to any particular standards? Is there a requirement as to the level of maintenance and/or improvements we must provide?
12. What happens to the money collected from a zone of benefit?
13. What happens to our money if we don't use it all during the year?
14. Can an existing Road Association still levy charges for private road maintenance after a zone of benefit is formed for road maintenance purposes?
15. What about back assessments owed to a Homeowners Association?
16. Are there any restrictions on what can be done on our road?
17. Once a road zone of benefit is established, can it be dissolved?
18. Will an existing Homeowners Association be eliminated when a zone of benefit for road maintenance is formed?
19. Is one of the benefits of being included in a zone of benefit being included in the County self-insurance program?
20. If the design of a road is alleged or proven as casual or contributory to an accident will this type of liability be covered by the County's self-insurance program?
21. Are there any programs available for senior citizens where they can defer their annual payments associated with the CSA?
22. Why were some private roads built to County standards and others were not and since we are already paying taxes for roads, why do we need to pay another tax to maintain our road?