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(By Dave Bossert) If you live in the Stevenson Ranch area, you may be about to pay more for landscape maintenance. That’s because the county will be proposing an additional Landscape Maintenance District (LMD) fee to maintain the proposed improvements at the Lyons Avenue/I-5 Freeway interchange. The east side of that interchange was landscaped by the City of Santa Clarita but the west side falls within the unincorporated Los Angeles County.

County representatives will be attending the West Ranch Town Council meeting this Wednesday, February 3rd, to present the plan on landscaping that west side section of the interchange and lay out the annual assessment that residents will be responsible for. The fee will likely fall into the $45 to $50 range, this will translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars collected annually.

The question I would ask residents is; are you interested in paying more LMD fees especially in light of the awful state of the LMD maintained landscaping around Stevenson Ranch. Just look at the center mediums and slopes along Stevenson Ranch Parkway and in the community at large; dead lawns covered with brown leaves, dying trees and spotty vegetation. The flowers at the end caps of the mediums contrast nicely all that dead ground cover.

The priority needs to be getting residents’ current monies worth for landscaping and that is not happening. The LMD is notoriously inefficient with a disproportionate amount of our fees going to administrative costs. That means roughly 60% of the fees collected actually only go into doing the landscaping and maintenance which itself is unimpressive.  Why would it make any sense to add even more annual LMD fees for this new proposal when the current fees are not being utilized in a competent manner?

Read more here: Commentary: You May Be Paying More soon for Terrible Landscape Maintenance