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Zones of Benefit

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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If a vote is conducted for a benefit assessment and an individual has four contiguous parcels, they are entitled to four votes.

No.
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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.
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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.
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How is approval calculated in a benefit assessment election?

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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.
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