Maintenance Assessment Districts

A Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) is a revitalization mechanism by which property owners within specified boundaries of the City can vote to assess themselves for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, installing, or maintaining improvements and providing activities that will provide certain benefits to properties located within a district. Self-managed MADs differ from the City's Park & Recreation Department managed MADs in that district property owners may select, an Owner’s Association (nonprofit entity) to administer all contracts necessary to provide the improvements and activities within the district as well as manage the day to day operations of the district.

The Owner’s Association’s represents the assessed property owners or property owners’ representatives in a district. It is the City's responsibility to oversee the Owners Association administration of the MADs to ensure compliance with local and State statutes.

La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District Formation

The City was approached by Enhance La Jolla, in conjunction with property owners within La Jolla, to request the formation of a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in the Village area of La Jolla. The purpose of the proposed La Jolla MAD is to provide improvements and activities which constitute and convey a special benefit to the properties located within the boundaries of the proposed La Jolla MAD which are above what the City currently provides.

See these documents for more information: PDF icon La Jolla MAD District Management Plan; PDF icon La Jolla MAD Preliminary Engineers Report; PDF icon City Ballot Guidelines; PDF icon City Request to Withdraw Ballot / Request for Replacement Ballot; and PDF icon LJ-MAD Sample Notice and Ballot.

The City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. will include an item for the required Public Hearing on this proposed Formation and the public is invited to attend and to provide testimony. The meeting location is Council Chambers in the City Administration Building, 202 C St., 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101. For questions on the above, please contact Luis Ojeda, Economic Development Department at (619) 236-6795 or via email at [email protected]

Property and Business Improvement District

A Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) is a tool available to property and business owners to improve a downtown or other commercial area. It is a partnership between the public and private sector, organized for the improvement of a specific geographic area. In California, PBIDs are formed pursuant to the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994. A PBID is a special benefit assessment district designed to raise funds within a specific geographic area. Funds may be raised through a special assessment on real property, businesses, or a combination of both, and are used to provide supplemental services beyond those provided by the city.

Downtown Property & Business Improvement District (PBID)

The Downtown PBID currently provides maintenance, beautification, installations, disorder and nuisance abatement, business attraction and retention, and related administration directly and only to assessed parcels within its boundaries. All of the services are above and beyond those provided by local government agencies, and constitute and provide a special benefit to assessed parcels.

See these documents for more information: PDF icon Management District Plan + Appendices 1-8 ; PDF icon Appendix 9 - Roll ; PDF icon Appendix 10 ? Map Book ; PDF icon Map ; and PDF icon Resolution Of Intention R-309520 .

Special Assessment Refund Claim Form

Property owners that wish to file a refund claim for a City of San Diego property-based special assessment must complete the PDF icon Special Assessment Refund Claim Form and return it to the Economic Development Division.

The refund claim form must be accurately completed, printed, signed by the claimant and mailed or personally presented in hard copy format to:

City of San Diego
Economic Development Department
Attn: Special Assessment Refund Claim
1200 Third Ave., Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101

After the claim has been received by our office:

  1. A review and verification process will be conducted. Claims are usually reviewed and processed within 45 days after receipt by our office. When filling out the form, please be as accurate as possible to expedite the review and verification process.
  2. Provide written justification for the amount of refund indicated on the form:

Information requested by the Economic Development Division does not guarantee that your claim has been accepted for payment. Any information provided will be evaluated as part of the review process.