Your South Melrose Landscape Assessment Ballot is Due on Tuesday, 5/14

You should have received a ballot in the mail in early April with a proposed annual assessment amount to fund continued tree trimming and landscape maintenance in South Melrose. Your vote will determine if the new special assessment shall be authorized to fund current tree trimming and landscape services. The existing funding model is facing challenges in maintaining the current landscape service levels due to rising costs and no increase in assessments in more than 25 years.

All ballots must be received by the City no later than May 14, 2024. You may also submit your ballot in person to the City Clerk at the Council meeting (prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing for this proposed assessment), which will be held on May 14, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. at 200 Civic Center Drive in Vista.

The results of a recent survey demonstrate the high importance respondents place on well-maintained landscaping and beautiful trees in our public spaces.

Survey Question: How essential are the following city services to you?

If approved, the special assessment would provide funding needed to:

  • Trim trees and maintain/enhance landscaping
  • Control pests
  • Reduce fire risks by removing debris
  • Keep public areas clean
  • Conserve water by replacing existing landscaping with drought-tolerant plants where feasible

Never received a ballot?

Email us at or call 1.800.676.7516.

Thank you for your participation in shaping the future of South Melrose.

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