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Look for Your South Melrose Ballot in the Mail

Landscape Maintenance Assessment

Did you know that the tree trimming and landscape maintenance in South Melrose are funded by an annual special financing district assessment? However, the existing funding model is facing challenges in maintaining the current service levels due to rising costs and no increase in assessments in more than 25 years.

To address this issue, the City is proposing a new assessment district to replace the existing one to provide the necessary funding to maintain current service levels. Funding would be used 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

Watch for Your South Melrose Ballot in the Mail

As a property owner in South Melrose, your input is vital. You should be receiving a ballot in the mail with the proposed annual assessment amount for your consideration. Your vote will determine if the new special assessment shall be authorized to fund current tree trimming and landscape services.

City of Vista Envelope that reads: Official Ballot Enclosed Must be received by City by May 14, 2024 Postmarks will NOT be accepted. City of Vista South Melrose Landscape Maintenance District No. 2024-1

All South Melrose 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.

For more information, please visit, or feel free to contact us at or call 1.800.676.7516.

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

The City of Vista is working with CivicMic to engage Vista residents on the issue of funding the maintenance of local streets, street lighting, and landscaping. Please help us spread the word to your neighbors by sharing this information and this link to sign up for updates:

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