The Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board is taking the beginning steps toward creating a Maintenance Assessment District. The only problem is that it's about $5,000 short to hire an assessment engineer to get the project kicked off. The engineer costs $20,000.
Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board Chairman Gary Levitt is putting up $5,000 and Pardee Homes has agreed to match any donation, up to $10,000.
"This is a critical thing for our community," Levitt said. "We need to invest in our community."
Without the MAD, upkeep on the mesa varies. Some properties, such as the White Horse development, have done beautiful landscaping, but others have done nothing, Levitt said. The MAD can offer consistency in the landscaping of medians and trails.
Based on a tentative draft of what the MAD would cover yearly, expenditures would be about $207,568, which equals about $480 a year per homeowner.
Every property owner will have to vote to be included, and 50 percent approval is needed to create the MAD. Each homeowner will see his or her yearly assessment as well as the maximum assessment before voting.