Recommendation for Assessment Increase
June 20, 2017 - Recommendation by the Jack London Improvement District Board to increase assessment in compliance with District Management Plan Agreement
Jack London Improvement District (JLID) was formed officially on January 1, 2014. Ever since, the District has provided the following special services:
- Cleaner, friendlier, and safer streets, thanks to the hard work of our Ambassadors;
- Numerous collaborative projects and other community engagement events on safety, real estate development, history of the District and other topics of concern and interest of our stakeholders;
- Beautification and branding of our District, such as more murals and public art, street pole banners, public space drought-tolerant landscaping, underpass improvements and bike infrastructure, which are underway.
Since initiation of operations, JLID has incurred significant cost increases, such as the 2015 minimum wage increase due to Measure FF (Lift Up Oakland), office rent, and trash removal. Our fixed costs that include Ambassadors, garbage collection, and office overhead represent 76% of our annual budget. In aggregate, these fixed costs have increased over 10% in the past 18 months and are likely to grow even more for the foreseeable future. As such, even with the 5% increase in 2018/2019, maintaining the same level of service and delivering special improvement projects will require substantial ingenuity.
At the July 3rd Board Meeting, the Board considers recommending a 5% increase in the annual assessment for the 2018/2019 tax year, payable on November 2018 and February 2019. This assessment is JLID’s principal source of revenue and it has the unique benefit that its every dollar must be spent solely in our District.
The Board of Directors takes its responsibility of stewarding the resources of our constituents (i.e., local businesses and residents) seriously. Therefore, we are seeking your input to make sure that the District’s resources are spent in the right places, in the right manner, and in the right quantities. Please continue to share your ideas, thoughts, and questions.