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Our Mission
The mission of the City of Santa Clarita Special Districts’ Division is to advance City-wide beautification and quality of life through the effective management of more than 1,300 acres of landscape improvements, an urban forest encompassing 125,000 trees, as well as street lighting and ground water management throughout Santa Clarita.

What is a Special District?
Special Districts are generally created by the City Council to meet a specific need of the local community.  The need may be a new service or a higher level of an existing service such as street lighting or landscape beautification.  

How do Special Districts Operate?
Special Districts in Santa Clarita are governed by the City Council and employ a professional manager and staff to oversee day to day operations and management.

How are Special Districts funded? 
In Santa Clarita, Special Districts generate revenue from special assessments.  Much like a business enterprise, each special district provides a specific benefit to specific property owners which is unique and distinctive from other areas of the City.  Special benefits include enhanced landscaping, ground water management and/or streetlight services. 

The Santa Clarita City Council holds an annual public hearing every June to review and approve recommended special assessments amounts for the coming operating year which begins on July 1.  Once approved, these assessments are placed on the annual property tax bill generated by the Los Angeles County Assessor.

Water Conservation

To help meet the water reduction goals, the City uses smart water controller technology and exceeded State-imposed water restrictions, reducing LMD water usage by 44%, saving 547 million gallons in 2015, as compared to 2013.  For more information about the City’s efforts visit the Water Wise Website.

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