The Landscape and Lighting Act of 1972 is a State law that allows cities to levy a fee annually to properties which benefit from the services funded by the assessment. The City of Menlo Park Landscaping Assessment District was formed in 1983 subsequent to a citizen advisory vote, and is used to fund street tree maintenance and the repair of sidewalks damaged by street tree roots.
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Yes. However, your assessment will be lower than what is charged to those who do have street trees in front of their property.
You can refer to your last property tax bill to find out your total assessment cost.
Report the location here. If the sidewalk is damaged by a City tree, the assessment will pay for the repair. If the damage is not caused by a City tree, the property owner is responsible for repairing the sidewalk. Once a sidewalk tripping hazard is reported, the City will temporarily patch the sidewalk to remove the hazard.
Yes, to submit your tree planting request or schedule a site inspection with the City Arborist click here.
You may call the Engineering Division and they will verify your assessment. If the assessment is incorrect the City will refund the difference, retroactive to one (1) year.
The City's street trees are pruned once every five years.
The City maintains approximately 17,000 street trees.
New services and associated costs can be added to the Assessment District. However, a public meeting and a public hearing are required and all property owners must be notified of the meeting, the new services to be provided, and associated fee increases.
Annually, the City calculates the cost of providing the services. The amount each property owner is assessed depends on whether there are City maintained trees and public sidewalks in front of the property. The assessment is annually reviewed by the City Council at a public hearing.