Hercules' Landscape & Lighting Assessment District

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The City of Hercules' Landscape & Lighting Assessment Districts (LLADs) provide funding for the maintenance of parks, landscaping, and street lighting throughout the City and in neighborhood-specific zones, helping to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and our property values maintained.

LLADs are intended to provide a fair, equitable way to allocate street lighting and landscaping expenses to the properties that benefit from them.

Frequently Asked Questions About Local Landscape and Lighting Needs 

What are Landscape and Lighting districts?

Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts (LLADs) provide maintenance for City street lights, parks, landscaping along public roadways, and open spaces citywide and in neighborhood-specific benefit zones, helping to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and our property values maintained. LLADs are intended to provide a fair, equitable way to allocate street lighting and landscaping expenses to the properties that benefit from them. 

What services are provided by our Landscape and Lighting programs?

The Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts maintain street lights that keep our streets safe for drivers and pedestrians alike. At night or in bad weather, drivers and pedestrians can better see one another, traffic signs, and bicyclists. Properly functioning street lights allow our first responders to easily locate a Hercules resident’s home in an emergency and safe access to one’s home and property. Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts also help with fire prevention by providing fire breaks that can help prevent the spread of fire. 

These services also include routine landscape maintenance to medians, parks and public open space such as mowing, weed abatement and trash and debris pick-up. Trees and shrubs are pruned and fertilized for health and safety. Landscaping is routinely pruned at medians and other areas so drivers have good sight vision at city intersections. 

What are the issues we are facing? 

There are approximately 500 wooden street light poles in Hercules that need to be replaced with cost and energy-efficient LEDs. The volunteer citizen Hercules Finance Commission that reviews the City’s budget and spending practices has recommended that assessment rates be recalculated so each neighborhood zone pays for their own critical lighting and landscaping needs.