Solana Beach approves taxes for lighting, trail maintenance

The Solana Beach City Council approved taxes for two assessment districts on June 27, one for lighting and one for maintenance of the Coastal Rail Trail (CRT).

CRT tax rates are levied according to proximity to the trail and type of home. A single-family residence located within a few block from the CRT, for example, will be taxed about $20 a year, while a household living east of Interstate 5 will see a levy of about $3.

The lighting maintenance district was formed to fund operation, maintenance and servicing of all lights within the city that are owned by the city or San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). Maintenance includes repair and replacement of public light poles and fixtures, conduit repair and service calls for vandalism, accidents and normal deterioration.

Most residences (about 8,600) will be taxed approximately $9 annually, while those living in the “dark sky zone” with no streetlights (473 units) will be taxed $1.62.

— Claire Harlin