Remember: Oxnard assessment districts TONIGHT- why is this important?

By George Miller

After seemingly endless delays and cancellations of discussions of this important issue, residents are finally getting their night on the City Council meeting agenda, tonight, Tuesday, October 27.  The meeting starts at 530 pm and we are assured  it will be the first item on the agenda after opening ceremonies and general public comment.

Many residents are incensed, due to over $3MM in landscape and other maintenance assessment districts deficits which had to be made up with borrowed money via the general fund, that services weren’t delivered satisfactorily, that accounting is out of control, that the city is claiming they can’t do things like trim trees because funds are depleted, that some claim to be overcharged, that districts weren’t properly defined and certified.


Oxnard maintenance district ,ap

Larger map: oxnard maps of assessment distScan0079

The city has been working on an assessment and fix to all this, with the help of outside consultant. Tonight will be a report of progress and soliticitation of residents’ input on the situation and proposed solutions.

So, what is a “assessment district,” anyway?  It is a a zone, usually a segment of a neighborhood, defined for financing by the landowners, of maintenance services required to keep up city-owned property, or in some cases, commonly owned neighborhood property.

At a previous meeting, it was noted that many areas of the city are not in maintenance districts and services are financed directly from the general fund, an inequitable approach.

Also on tonight’s agenda: Long term information technology plan, city emergency evacuation plan, Winter Warming Shelter for the Homeless.

Meeting agenda

Maintenance District portion:

  Finance Department
1. SUBJECT: Maintenance Assessment District Overview. (001)
RECOMMENDATION: Receive a report on proposed solutions and timelines for maintenance assessment districts.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Joseph Lillio Phone: 385-7475


Some past relevant articles:

What didn’t happen at Oxnard Council is more important than what did

What didn’t happen at Oxnard Council is more important than what did

By George Miller What was NOT addressed at the Tuesday, October 6 Oxnard Council meeting was likely more important than what was. Issues with tens of millions of dollars impact went unaddressed. Dozens of people came to the meeting to hear/talk about the multi (3)-million dollar assessment district fiasco and the high-stakes discussion over huge utility rate […]

Former Oxnard Finance Director cites $400,000+ in assessment district overcharges

  By Phil Molina We have already identified that 2 districts within West Village have huge math errors to the point that over 200 homes are due refunds exceeding $2,000 from the City for the overcharges. Now we also found that an entire assessment district was not formed in a correct/legal manner as required by […]

Oxnard mismanagement of “assessment districts” causes furor

By George Miller Oxnard’s West Village Neighborhood Council met to complain, scope out and plan response to problems with assessment districts in their neighborhood. Mike Gleason, Phil Molina, Phil Durante, Nancy Kobashigawa, Jann Correll and others were present, including a reporter. Larger map than above: oxnard maps of assessment distScan0079 Over the years, there have been disputes […]


George Miller is Publisher of and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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