Your browser does not support JavaScript!
 > Home > Government > Department Directory > Public Works > Roads > Zones of Benefit

Zones of Benefit


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; some refuse to pay at all!

A group of citizens can form a Homeowners Association, a Road Maintenance Association, a Permanent Road Division, or a Zone of Benefit.
more info
What is a Zone of Benefit?

A zone of benefit is a geographic area formed under County Service Area law to provide extended services not already being provided by any other entity.
more info
What are the costs associated with forming a road zone of benefit? Are there other fees required once the zone is established?

A $350 non-refundable application fee is required. This deposit will be used to defray the initial costs associated with zone formation.
more info
If some people don't support the formation, can they prevent the zone forming?

If a Benefit Assessment is proposed and if 50% or more of the registered voters residing within the territory proposed to be included in the area, or the owners of one-half or more of the assessed value of the territory proposed to be included in the area, file written protests against the establishment of the service area, the Board must abandon the proposal.
more info
Who sets and approves our per parcel fee?

There are two types of fees that can be levied in the zone program, a special tax or a benefit assessment.
more info
If a vote is conducted for a benefit assessment and an individual has four contiguous parcels, they are entitled to four votes.

No.
more info
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?

Yes.
more info
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?

Annually the assessors’ records will need to be reviewed to determine if the parcel has been developed.
more info
How is approval calculated in a benefit assessment election?

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

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

more info
What happens to the money collected from a zone of benefit?

more info
What happens to our money if we don't use it all during the year?

more info
Can an existing Road Association still levy charges for private road maintenance after a zone of benefit is formed for road maintenance purposes?

more info
What about back assessments owed to a Homeowners Association?

more info
Are there any restrictions on what can be done on our road?

more info
Once a road zone of benefit is established, can it be dissolved?

more info
Will an existing Homeowners Association be eliminated when a zone of benefit for road maintenance is formed?

more info
Is one of the benefits of being included in a zone of benefit being included in the County self-insurance program?

more info
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?

more info
Are there any programs available for senior citizens where they can defer their annual payments associated with the CSA?

more info
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?

more info