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Assessment of Districts 12 and 14

On October 1, 2019, the City Council approved the levy of an assessment to pay for the undergrounding of overhead utilities in Underground Utility Assessment Districts No. 19-12 and 19-14 (Districts 12 and 14). Of the ballots returned by the property owners, 62.27% and 64.19% (by weighted assessment) were in favor of forming District 12 and District 14, respectively, in order to facilitate the financing of the underground projects.

Boundary Maps for District 12 (PDF) and District 14 (PDF) and the Final Engineer’s Reports for District 12 (PDF) and District 14 (PDF) are provided for reference.

Each property owner within Districts 12 and 14 was provided a Notice stating such property owner’s Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount. Property owners may choose to pay all or part of your Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount to the City of Manhattan Beach, Department of Finance, 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 on or before November 5, 2019.  Please note there are three (3) possible options for payment.

Payment Option 1:

Pay the Discounted Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount in full on or before November 5, 2019, and remove the entire assessment lien from your property. The discounted amount reflects an approximate 9% reduction from the Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount since no bond costs will be incurred. Payments must be submitted to the City of Manhattan Beach as identified above.

Payment Option 2:

Pay a part or no part of the Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount by November 5, 2019, and the Total Underground Utility Assessment lien balance will remain on your property. If you pay a portion of the discounted Total Underground Utility Assessment, the Total Underground Utility Assessment will be proportionally reduced. A lien for the remainder of your Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount as of November 5, 2019 will remain on your property for a period not to exceed 20 years. If no payment is received, then the full amount of the Total Underground Utility Assessment will go to bond. The City intends to issue bonds pursuant to the Improvement Bonds Act of 1915 in the amount of the unpaid portion of your Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount as previously described in the ballot materials.

Payment Option 3:

Defer all or part of your Total Underground Utility Assessment Amount if you qualify under State of California, State Controller’s Office guidelines. If you are 62 years of age or older, or blind or disabled at the time of filing (for a continuous period of at least one year) and had a total household income for the prior year of $35,500 or less, you may qualify for property tax deferral. Please contact the State Controller’s Office at (916) 327-5587 or (916) 445-2636 for additional information and applications.

City Assessment Deferment Program

If a property owner selects Payment Option 2, annual debt service for the bonds to be issued will appear on the property tax bills starting in Fiscal Year 2020-2021. For those property owners whose total household income exceeds $35,500, the City has implemented an Assessment Deferment Program (ADP). Depending on income level, the City will contribute an amount toward annual debt service payment. Included in the ADP is a provision for deferring future connection costs for ADP participants. Throughout the deferral period, contributions plus interest will accumulate and be considered as a loan against the property. For additional information regarding the ADP, please visit www.citymb.info/departments/finance/budget-and-accounting/adp

If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Project Manager, by emailing Anastasia Seims or calling (310) 802-5361.

Schedule of Upcoming Activities

Below is the anticipated schedule of the next steps for Districts 12 and 14.

 October 2 - November 5, 2019  Cash Collection Period (30 days)
 November - December 2019  Remaining unpaid amount goes to bond
 February 2020  Estimated start of construction
January - December 2021  Cabling and conversion
 Mid 2022  Poles/wires come down (estimated date)

Proposition 218 Voting Process

At the August 6, 2019 City Council Meeting, the City Council approved the following:

  1. The Resolution of Intention for Districts 12 and 14, which is a Jurisdictional Resolution that is required in order to declare the intent to finance improvements through the levy of assessments and the issuance of bonds.
  2. The Preliminary Engineer’s Reports for Districts 12 and 14, which includes the value to be assessed to each parcel based on the construction bids provided by the utilities in July 2019.
  3. The date, time and place of the Public Hearing, which is where the ballots were counted, was set for October 1, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at the City Council Chamber.

The Notice of Public Meeting (PDF) was mailed on August 7, 2019 and a Public Meeting was held on August 27,  2019 to provide homeowners in Districts 12 and 14 an opportunity to ask questions regarding the Preliminary Engineer’s Reports, the proposed parcel underground utility assessments identified in the Preliminary Engineer’s Reports, and the Proposition 218 process.

A Notice of Proposed Assessment, the Proposition 218 ballot, a return envelope, and a Notice of Public Hearing were also mailed to each affected property owner in each District after the August 6, 2019 City Council Meeting. Ballots were required to be received by the City Clerk prior to the close of the Public Hearing on October 1, 2019.

Public Outreach for Utility Design Plans

Southern California Edison, Spectrum, and Frontier completed their design plans for Underground Utility Assessment Districts 12 and 14 in May 2019, and the design plans identify the locations of all planned infrastructure for Southern California Edison, Spectrum, and Frontier. This includes both above ground and subsurface facilities, such as vent pipes, vaults, hand holes and new marbelite street lights. The Notice of Public Meeting (PDF) was mailed on May 20, 2019. A Public Meeting was held on June 11, 2019 to review the design plans with homeowners in Underground Utility Assessment Districts 12 and 14 in order to provide an opportunity to:

  1. Review the construction documents showing all infrastructure planned in the public right-of-way adjacent to each parcel;
  2. Verify the correct location of individual property service panels/meters;
  3. Verify the correct location of each utility stub out relative to individual property service panels; and 
  4. Comment on the proposed designs by sending an email to Anastasia Seims.  The comment period closed Friday, June 21, 2019.  All comments provided will be considered, and if appropriate, incorporated into the construction documents.

A  Map Legend (PDF) with associated definitions for the color coding included on the design plans are provided for reference. 

Design Plans

The design plans are available for review:

  • District 12 NE (PDF) – The northeast quadrant of District 12, which is near Highland Avenue between 45th Street and 43rd Street.
  • District 12 NW (PDF) – The northwest quadrant of District 12, which is near The Strand between 45th Street and 43rd Street.
  • District 12 SE (PDF) – The southeast quadrant of District 12, which is near Highland Avenue between Seaview Street and 41st Street.
  • District 12 SW (PDF) – The southwest quadrant of District 12, which is near The Strand between Seaview Street and 41st Street.
  • District 14 NE (PDF) – The northeast quadrant of District 14, which is near Highland Avenue between 41st Street and El Porto Street.
  • District 14 NW (PDF) – The northwest quadrant of District 14, which is near The Strand between 41st Street and El Porto Street.
  • District 14 SE (PDF) – The southeast quadrant of District 14, which is near Highland Ave. between 39th Street and Rosecrans Avenue.
  • District 14 SW (PDF) – The southwest quadrant of District 14, which is near The Strand between 39th Street and Rosecrans Avenue.

For additional information, please email Anastasia Seims or call (310) 802-5361.

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