Park Maintenance District Passes in Garden Grove

Garden Grove on Monday became the first Orange County city to establish a park maintenance district under terms of Proposition 218.

Ballots were mailed to about 35,000 property owners last month, and results tallied during Monday night’s City Council meeting showed a majority in favor of the assessment, city officials said. Figures were not available.

Proposition 218, passed by voters statewide in November, limits how cities may levy taxes and fees.

The new park district will assess $700,000 for maintenance of Garden Grove’s 15 public parks. The funds previously were assessed through the lighting and landscaping district.


The separate lighting district will continue to collect about $1.2 million yearly.

Official results will be announced today after ballots are verified, but unofficial results showed that about 61% of single-family households supported the new district.

The ballots were weighted, with owners of more valuable property having more than votes more votes.