In this post, CivicMic will focus on the Harbour Island next steps to better public improvements. As previously posted by CivicMic, the City's contractor provides a “B” maintenance level of service to twenty-eight (28) of the City’s thirty-six (36) landscape maintenance assessment districts. The revenue collected from eight (8) of the districts and one (1) zone (Harbour Island of Waterways) is not sufficient to provide a “B” level of service. Harbour Island receives a "D" level of service.
Important: Harbour Island is already being levied at the maximum amount allowed per the assessment district documents. An increase in the annual charge to provide a “B” level of service must be approved by the affected residents. The City can’t increase the assessments or form a replacement district without resident participation.
The City of Oxnard, Homeowners Association, and CivicMic are working together on a plan to increase the level of maintenance, restore the health of the landscaping and enhance the public improvements in and around the Harbour Island community. Objectives will be approached in two phases - Harbour Island Next Steps:
Phase 1 (Limited by Availability of Funds):
- Increase water frequency to help restore brown areas and overall health of the landscaping.
- Increase the frequency and level of landscape maintenance.
Phase 2 (Long Term Solution):
- City to engage Harbour Island residents through CivicMic to introduce and explain the process required for a viable and sustainable funding solution.
- On-site community workshops hosted by CivicMic and the City to ascertain desired public improvements and level of service.
- CivicMic works with the City to create a new estimated budget and share with residents to re-prioritize desired improvements and level of service. Repeat until residents agree on best value.
- Survey of residents by CivicMic to determine support for budget, desired improvements, level of service, and proposed funding solution.
- A positive survey results in petitions to be signed by residents supporting the initiation of legal and administrative proceedings by the City to implement the proposed solution.
- Proceedings include several resolutions passed by City Council, preparation of a special tax report, public hearing, ballots for approval of proposed solution by the residents, and the establishment of a resident advisory committee to help the City manage the public improvements in the future.
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