Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers regarding Assessments and general questions.
The District Assessment charge appearing in the Joint Consolidated Tax Bill is the result of the County of Los Angeles voters’ passage of Proposition A, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Propositions of 1992 and 1996.
In November of 2016, LA County voters approved Measure A to continue local park funding. This is shown on the Tax Bill as “RPOSD Measure A”.
Revenue collected from Proposition A and Measure A provide for public safety improvements to existing park, recreation, and beach facilities; acquisition of additional park land and open space; construction and development of senior centers and at-risk-youth, acquisition and development of trails; restoration of rivers and streams, graffiti prevention, tree planting and other park & recreation enhancements.
The assessment is part of your property tax bills. Paying your property taxes, on time, to the Treasurer and Tax Collector ensures payment of your assessment.
The Measure A assessment is based on the square feet of improvement on all parcels, regardless of use type.
The Proposition A assessment is based on the size and the use of the land. Commercial parcels are based on the size of the land, the use and the amount of square feet of improvements. The assessment is not based on the value of the parcel or the value of its improvements.
As of 2019, RPOSD Measure A formula is 1.6 cents per square foot of development. Therefore, a house approximately 1,500 sqft in size would see a charge of $24 ($.016 X 1,500sqft. = $24).
CLICK HERE to use handy calculators that will help you calculate your assessments.
There are no exemptions to the “RPOSD Measure A” assessment. However, we recommend contacting the Assessor’s office to see if there may be other exemptions that apply to you.
The 1992 portion of Proposition A will sunset after the 2014-2015 Tax Roll. The 1996 portion of the Assessment will be levied until the year 2019-2020.
Measure A has no sunset date.
The County Park Dist assessment, otherwise known as Proposition A, will sunset in June of 2019.
There is no sunset date for the Measure A assessment.
You may visit the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s website, or you can call them directly at (888) 807-2111
Both Proposition A and Measure A apply to virtually all of the 2.25 million parcels located in Los Angeles County and cannot be removed from the tax bill.
The assessments are not based on a property’s proximity to a park or facility.
On November 5, 1996 the voters of Los Angeles County passed Proposition A of 1996, which provided for an additional $319 million (the 1992 Proposition was $540 million.). To fund the additional projects, the Proposition increased the rate of assessment by approximately 54% from $21.89 per acre to $33.69 per acre.
The Community Facilities District Act (commonly known as Mello-Roos) was a law enacted by the California State Legislature in 1982. Mello-Roos is a direct assessment or bond for a community facility project approved by 2/3 votes of the electors. Electors are either registered voters (if 12 or more in the district) or landowners who are voter based on acreage. These type of bonds are normally issued for 30 years and will be billed as part of your property taxes.
The 1915 Act Bond is issued by a district to build infrastructure such as a sewer trunk line, utility line, roads, etc. The district then annually meets the legal requirements to place a special assessment tax on the secured property benefited by the infrastructure in order to repay the bond. If the taxes are unpaid when due, the district may meet the legal requirements and take action to foreclose on the property in order to collect the 1915 Act direct assessment amount. The key contract for a 1915 Act assessment is the agency that had the assessment added to a tax bill.
To begin the re-assessment process, the owner of the property will need to fill out the Request for Assessment Review and Claim for Refund Form. If an agent representing the owner is requesting the re-assessment, the owner will need to fill out the Authorization of Tax Agent Form. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call (833) 265-2600.
You can call the Los Angeles County Property Tax Information Line at (213) 974-2111 or toll-free at (888) 807-2111 or CLICK HERE to find information on other resources for property tax questions and information.
28 Years. Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District (RPOSD) was created in 1992 when voters approved Proposition A, the Safe Neighborhood Parks Act.
Measure A was passed by LA County voters in November of 2016. The intent of Measure A is to continue local park funding for all the 88 cities and unincorporated areas of LA County.
RPOSD grants have helped fund everything from projects such as Griffith Park and The Hollywood Bowl as well as walking and hiking trails, senior centers, tree planting programs, graffiti removal, playground and fitness equipment, as well as restoration of rivers, streams and beaches throughout Los Angeles County.
To learn more about some of our recent projects, CLICK HERE.
RPOSD is a granting agency and does not own or operate any parks or facilities. If you have questions about your favorite park or recreational amenity, we recommend contacting the agency who owns and operates that facility.