2018 Landscape & Lighting Balloting Results
The Hercules Landscape and Lighting Districts (LLADs) provide for the maintenance of our City’s street lights, parks, roadway landscaping and open space, and are funded through annual assessments that are collected specifically for your neighborhood.
In May, the City of Hercules proposed an assessment increase in Zones 1 (Hercules by the Bay), 3 & 4 (Birds & Gems), 6 (Village Parkway), 7 (Refugio Heights) & 9 (Birds & Country Run), which have been temporarily borrowing from other zones to pay for operational costs because assessments in those zones do not generate sufficient revenue to cover costs. The proposed assessment increases would have eliminated neighborhood specific deficits and covered the increased costs of operation. Ballots were mailed to the targeted zones on May 9th, and a Facebook Live video chat about the proposed assessment increase and public hearing were held in May and June.
Ballots were collected and tabulated by June 27th, and at their July 10th meeting, the Hercules City Council certified the results of the Landscape and Lighting District Assessment initiative, which can be found here: www.lightandlandscapefix.com
Ballot results showed that there was an increase in support for new assessments relative to a year ago; however only property owners in Zone 9 achieved the 50% threshold required to support new assessment rates. Zones 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7 fell short of approving new assessment rates, leading to the strong possibility of LLAD service cutbacks in those zones.
This fall, the City will be replacing aging wood street lights on major roads using funds from the gas tax. The use of these funds represent a general contribution to the effort to replace the lights and reduces costs being passed through to all of the assessment districts in the City. Damaged or dilapidated street lights in the zones where the assessment didn’t pass will not be replaced. Should a street light fall or become a public hazard, the City will remove the light, but it will not be replaced.
Over the next few months, the City will review service levels in each district and take action to create fiscally sustainable districts that will continue to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe.