CivicMic works with the City of Pomona (the "City") to facilitate community outreach and public engagement opportunities for participation in the collaborative governance process for the Phillips Ranch community. In this post, CivicMic shares the Phillips Ranch LLMD project overview.
Phillips Ranch LLMD Project
Phillips Ranch is a master-planned community that began to develop in 1964. It is in the triangle area of the City of Pomona (the “City”) between the Pomona Freeway (State Route 60), the Orange Freeway (State Route 57), and the Chino Valley Freeway (State Route 71). It is approximately four miles southwest of downtown Pomona.
As of July 1990, Phillips Ranch has been part of the City’s Consolidated Citywide Street Lighting and Maintenance District (“District”) in Zones A and B, also known as the Phillips Ranch Landscaping Zones. The District provides the community with landscaping and lighting maintenance services.
Maintenance costs have continued to rise since the District’s establishment in 1990, while there has not been an increase in the assessment rates. This has resulted in a budgetary shortfall that continues to grow and will make the District unsustainable in the long term.
To continue maintenance services, there have been two attempts to increase assessment rates for the Phillips Ranch Landscaping Zones—one in 2008 and another in 2018-2019. In both cases, a Public Hearing was conducted, ballots were tabulated, and there was a majority protest which prevented an increase in the current assessment rates. As a result, assessment rates have remained unchanged. Consequently, current maintenance costs for the district exceed assessment revenue to the point where services have been reduced and contributions from the City’s General Fund have become necessary to offset the deficit.
Need for Phillips Ranch LLMD Project
To mitigate this deficit, the City is proposing the formation of a new Assessment District specifically for the Phillips Ranch community: the Phillips Ranch Landscape and Lighting Maintenance Assessment District ("Phillips Ranch LLMD"). The proposed district would have an increased maximum assessment rate, which would generate sufficient revenue to support the increased levels of services and costs of maintenance. Without the formation of this new District, landscaping services through the consolidated District will no longer be viable and property owners will become responsible for their own landscaping maintenance.