In this post, CivicMic shares the second survey for the Hesperia Golf & Country Club project and the proposed formation of a Community Facilities District ("CFD"). The City has proposed the formation of a CFD to assist with the funding of improvements, maintenance, and ongoing operations of the 18-hole golf course and country club. Note: The formation of a CFD results in a special tax added to the secured property tax bill of parcels within the boundaries of the CFD. Click here to view the proposed boundaries for the CFD. If you are new to this topic, please click on the Quick Links for valuable information.
Important: Formation of a CFD must be approved by the affected voters. The City can't form a CFD without voter approval.
The City has been considering the many comments, ideas, and questions received from Hesperia residents at the virtual community meeting held in May (click here to watch). Suggestions from the community on improvements to the golf course, ongoing operations, and funding approach included:
- Expand the boundaries of the proposed CFD to increase the number of properties contributing through an annual special tax and lower the financial burden to everyone.
- Consider a sunset provision for the CFD. In other words, provide for a term at which point the special tax would end unless re-approved by a vote of the affected registered voters (2/3rds affirmative vote required).
- Allow the City to end the special tax if maintenance and ongoing operation of the Hesperia Golf & Country Club is no longer viable.
- Allow for the reduction of the annual special tax when the financial performance of the golf course and country club exceeds expectations.
- Include an annual inflator (2%) to keep up with inflation for the long-term viability of the special tax.
- Consider a discount to residents of properties paying the special tax for the use of the facilities.
- Consider adding the following to the list of improvements to be funded by the special tax:
- Community signage.
- Community entry monument.
- Renaming the community to something more indicative of a golf course community.
CivicMic, NBS, and City staff have been working on gathering costs, evaluating options, modeling additional scenarios for the special tax, and exploring the expansion of the proposed boundaries. We anticipate hosting another virtual meeting soon to present updated figures based on the suggestions received from the community. In the meantime, we are repeating the same initial survey to approximately 237 new parcels being considered for the expansion of the CFD boundaries. The 237 parcels are being referred to as Zone 3 and can be found in the Hesperia Golf Course CFD web map (click here) showing the proposed boundaries for the CFD.
11/2/2020 Update - This survey is closed.
Second Survey: Hesperia Golf & Country Club
A postcard with a link to this post and survey has been mailed to residents of Zone 3. If you are a Zone 3 resident, please read our previous posts (Quick Links above) for valuable background information and take the survey below. Note: If you have not previously taken the survey please take the survey now.
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