Parks District formation on council agenda

Council to conduct public hearing, ballot count for parks assessment

Parks  District  formation on council  agendaBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The final public hearing for a proposed Parks and Recreational Facilities Assessment District will be held during next week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting on April 17, 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The assessment will levy a fee on local property tax rolls – proportionate to each property’s distance to city recreational facilities. Fees will vary, with a maximum of $49 per residential unit and $98 per acre for commercial units. Multi-family residences will be assessed multiple times up to a quadplex, after which properties are treated as commercial.

Any property owner who did not receive a ballot is encouraged to request one through the city and have it filled out by 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The final ballot tally will be taken following the hearing. The vote is based only on ballots that have been filled out and returned to the city. A nonresponse will not be counted as a “yes” or “no” vote.

Votes are weighted proportional to the proposed assessment on a property — a property owner’s vote with a $98 assessment will be weighted as double that by a property owner with a $49 assessment.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearing to get answers to their questionsor to voice concerns. Property owners may to alter their votes up until the end of the hearing.

See the following city links (FAQ: ridgecrest-ca.gov/parks-assessment-faq?preview=1, how assessments are calculated: ridgecrest-ca.gov/download-file/files?path=Meetings/Council/Agendas/February%2020%202019%20CC%20Agenda.pdf)for more information.

The public hearing is the last item on Wednesday’s relatively light agenda, which also includes a council appointment to the city’s Finance Committee and authorization for the completion of sewer improvements at the intersection of Downs Street and Bowman Road.

The agenda for the hearing is online at https://ridgecrest-ca.gov/council-agendas.

Story First Published: 2019-04-12