|TO:||Honorable Mayor and City Council|
|FROM:||Nick Fidler, Public Works Director|
|SUBJECT:||Public Hearing to consider a resolution approving and adopting the Public Works Director's Report for 23 Traffic Signal Maintenance Districts and the fiscal year 2020-2021 budgets, confirming the assessments and authorizing collection of assessments by the Kern County Tax Collector.|
Staff recommends adopting the resolution.
City of Bakersfield Resolution No. 161-94 instituted the collection of maintenance and operating costs for convenience traffic signals through maintenance districts. A convenience traffic signal is a traffic signal not required by the traffic authority to regulate traffic flow, but is a traffic signal installed solely at the discretion of the developer of a commercial site. Under the user-pay concept, the private property owner deriving benefits bears the costs of maintenance and operation of convenience traffic signals through assessments with the Kern County Tax Collector. Maintenance and operation of these traffic signals is performed by City forces or by private contractor.
On June 10, 2020, the City Council approved Resolution of Intention No. 2050, preliminarily confirming, approving, and adopting the Public Works Director’s Report and the fiscal year 2020-2021 budgets for the Traffic Signal Maintenance Districts. Traffic signal assessment rates have increased to $3,233.78 for each signal system’s maintenance and operation for fiscal year 2020-2021. The previous fiscal year’s rate was $3,170.37. The Resolution of Intention set the protest hearing date for June 24, 2020. Notice of the protest hearing has been published in accordance with Chapter 13.04 of the Bakersfield Municipal Code in the manner required by law. As of the date of this administrative report, City staff has not received any protests regarding the above-note conditions.
This hearing is to consider protests only on the following: the fairness of the benefit formula; the amount of the assessment on any parcel of property to be assessed; and the reservation by the City of right to elect whether to proceed to perform work by the City forces or by a private contractor.
This Resolution confirms the 2020-2021 Traffic Signal Maintenance Districts’ assessments and authorizes collection of the assessments by the Kern County Tax Collector.