What is a Landscaping and Lighting District?
What does a Landscaping and Lighting District pay for?
When do I pay the special assessment?
How long would I have to pay the special assessment?
What if I canít pay my taxes?
What happens when my propertyís value increase or decrease?
What happens when I sell my property?

What is a Landscaping and Lighting District?

The Landscaping and Lighting District Act of 1972 is a financing tool used by various local governments to pays for the maintenance of landscaping, lighting and other improvements in public areas. Only the properties that benefit directly or indirectly from these improvements are assessed.

What does a Landscaping and Lighting District pay for?


Authorized improvements and services include but are not limited to: installation and maintenance of lighting (general lighting and/or traffic lights), landscaping, recreational playgrounds including courts and park equipments, public restrooms as well as community centers, auditoriums, or community halls. For larger improvements, notes or bonds may be issued for financing.

When do I pay these assessments?

Special assessments are typically included in your general property tax bill with the same due dates and if not paid, are subject to the same penalties that apply to your regular property taxes.

How long would I have to pay the assessment?

It widely varies. We recommend you contact us to obtain information on the term of the special tax.

What if I canít pay my taxes?

Because special assessments are typically collected along with your general property tax bills, the same fees and penalties apply.

What happens when my propertyís value increase or decrease?

Special assessments for a Landscaping and Lighting District may increase annually (for example, by 2% or based on an index such as the Consumer Price Index), however, it is not affected by the possible increase or decrease of your propertyís value.

What happens when I sell my property?

Special assessments for a Landscaping and Lighting District are levied against the land, not the owner and remains with the property if a sale occurs.