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December 2, 2009 > Masonic Homes' Acacia Creek subject to Mello-Roos

Masonic Homes' Acacia Creek subject to Mello-Roos

By Shavon Walker

The Community Facilities District Act 1982, know more commonly known as Mello-Roos, was enacted in California to enable the creation of community facilities districts (CFD) by local government agencies as a method of raising community funding.

On November 24, Union City Council declared its intention to authorize the annexation of the Masonic Homes Acacia Creek project site under Community Facilities District (CFD) No. 2006-1, which was created to provide funding for certain increased public service costs arising from the development.

Phase 1 of the project is scheduled for completion in early 2010 and, to meet a condition of approval, Masonic Homes must vote affirmatively to annex the site under CFD No. 2006-1. In 2009, a parcel map was approved to make this process easier.

City staff hired NBS Finance Group to help with the annexation process. This firm specializes in helping cities with special assessment districts. CFD No. 2001-1 falls into that category.

This CFD has several provisions. First, the funding of services to be provided will not replace funding for services already available to residents of the community. This funding is to be used for other services associated with public safety, such as police or fire services, as well as park maintenance.

Second, beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2010-11, the proposed special tax will be levied for all residential units given a building permit before May 1, 2009. The tax will not apply to commercial, office or industrial spaces.

Third, starting in the FY 2010-11, the special tax for high density, multi-family residential (the classification for Acacia Creek's 150 residential units) will be $204 per unit, annually. It will be $374.34 for a duplex.

Council will hold a public hearing on January 12, 2010 to consider the annexation of the Phase 1 project site to CFD No. 2006-1. Council can then conduct the election and count the results.

This special tax is expected to generate $31,348.68 per year, beginning in FY 2010-11, with an increase of 2 percent annually.

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