A Downtown Santa Rosa Community Benefit District is a special assessment based on property square footage and street frontage that property owners pay to enhance services such as:
addressing safety & homeless problems
maintaining sidewalk cleanliness
installing decorative amenities like lighting & seating
promoting & protecting downtown’s image
managing events at Courthouse Square
providing directional signs & services
The funds are controlled by an independent board comprised of property owners paying the assessments.
The proposed community benefit district is approximately 25 square blocks consisting of 159 parcels owned by 118 property owners shown in the map below.
To move forward, the community benefit district needs votes from property owners that represent at least 30% of the total assessments. The City Council will then call a second vote to establish the district legally, which requires a more than 50% vote. Property owners have the right to dissolve the district at any time.