Ventura County Grand Jury investigated Seabridge Community Facilities Assessment

Seabridge Community Facilities District No. 4

The 2017-2018 Ventura County Grand Jury opened an investigation after receiving complaints from residents of Oxnard’s Seabridge community regarding taxes assessed under Community Facilities District No. 4 (CFD No. 4).

Grand Jury research showed that in recent years, CFD No. 4 assessments have increased as much as 27 percent. The Grand Jury also found the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Oxnard and Ventura County includes an annual payment of $100,000 for the added value the Channel Islands Harbor provides to Seabridge property owners.

Over a period of three consecutive fiscal years (2013-2015), the bill the City received from the County for Harbor Patrol costs increased by 18 percent. The Grand Jury concluded that during this period, the City underbudgeted for County services it received.

A City-sponsored report on CFD No. 4’s reserve fund stated the reserve-fund balance was established for extraordinary or infrequently occurring expenses. The Grand Jury concluded County Harbor Patrol – Capital Equipment, Parks Landscaping, Hardscaping and Structures and storm drain filters are ordinary and frequently occurring expenses and should not be paid using the CFD No. 4 reserve fund.

Increases in CFD No. 4 assessments were also reportedly due to the unlikely event that the Army Corps of Engineers would stop providing dredging services of the harbor entrance at no cost to the County. However, the Grand Jury found that in the history of Seabridge, this has not happened.

The Grand Jury concluded the City is collecting assessments from Seabridge residents for services that are provided by the Corps without charge.

The public is invited to review the entire report. It can be accessed at www.ventura.org/grand-jury; click on the Annual Reports tab and consult “Fiscal Year 2017-2018.” 2017-2018 Report CFD No 4 – FINAL


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