What is the South Lakeport Annexation Project? The City of Lakeport is proposing to annex an area adjacent to South Main Street and Soda Bay Road. This will extend the city limits so that they include this area, transferring control of the area from Lake County to the City of Lakeport. The area contains 50 parcels which total 123.64 acres in area plus additional road rights-of-way for a total acreage of 136.78 acres.
In August 2019, the City submitted an application to the Lake County Local Agency Formation Commission (Lake LAFCo). At Lake LAFCo's direction, both the City and County have agreed to participate in a good faith process aimed at working out differences regarding the fiscal impact of annexation and reaching a new tax sharing agreement.
Given the urgent health and safety issues facing the South Lakeport area, the City is calling for an expeditious timeline to resolve these matters.
How will annexation affect landowners? If approved, the main effect of the annexation on landowners will be that they will be able to use City of Lakeport services, will be eligible to vote in City elections (if they reside on their property), and will have the option of connecting to City sewer and water services.
Why is the City of Lakeport applying to annex this area? There are several benefits of the annexation that help both Lakeport residents and businesses and residents in the annexation area. First, annexation will allow properties in the annexed area to cost-effectively connect to City water and sewer services. This will help address water quality problems that affect some properties. The extension of water lines will also allow for the installation of fire hydrants which will improve fire suppression capabilities in the annexed area. Additionally, extending water mains in South Main Street will create a closed loop in the City’City's water system that will increase the reliability and resilience of the water system and reduce overall maintenance costs for all residents of Lakeport. Finally, annexation would enhance police response times and services in the area for its residents and businesses.
Who is paying for the annexation application and related costs? The City of Lakeport is paying all of the costs related to the annexation application.
Will landowners’ property taxes increase? No.
Will landowners’ property be re-assessed? No. Under Prop. 13, properties are only reassessed when sold or after major improvements.
Will business owners need to charge increased sales tax? Yes. The tax rate in the City of Lakeport is 8.75% compared to 7.25% in the unincorporated areas of Lake County. City sales tax is used for police services, road maintenance, parks, and other City services. These are services that the newly annexed area would benefit from as a result of becoming part of the City.
Are there utility taxes? What about garbage and recycling? The City does not tax electric, phone, or cable utilities. Garbage, recycling, and green waste collection are handled by Lakeport Disposal and curbside collection is mandatory within the City limits. This existing arrangement would extend to the newly annexed area.
Will landowners be required to connect existing buildings when sewer and water mains are extended in the future? No. Property owners would be able to choose whether to connect to City water and sewer. The only exception is if a property has a failing septic system that poses a health problem, in which case a connection would be required.
Will addresses or ZIP codes change? No. Zip codes will not change.
Will students change school districts? Students will not have to change school districts or schools.
What County services will I lose? Duties performed by County public works, planning & building, government services, and the sheriff’s office would be replaced with services provided by the City of Lakeport if the annexation is approved. All other services currently provided by the County will continue.
Will the cost of home insurance change? Will property values change? Possibly. The cost of fire insurance is likely to decrease. Theft and casualty insurance may also be slightly less. Property values may go up due to the availability of improved municipal services. Consult your insurance or real estate agent regarding your specific situation.
How can stakeholders affect this decision? There will be public hearings with opportunities for public comment at two upcoming steps in the annexation process. The Lakeport City Council held a public hearing on August 13, 2019 to decide whether to submit an annexation application, at which point public input was solicited. As the application was filed, the Local Agency Formation Commission of Lake County (Lake LAFCO) will consider the application and conduct a “protest hearing” to determine the degree of support from landowners in the annexation area.
What laws govern this process? The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (also referred to as the CKH Act) allows cities and/or property owners to request that unincorporated land be annexed into adjacent cities. In this case, the City of Lakeport would submit an annexation application to Lake Local Agency Formation Commission or LAFCO (https://www.lakelafco.org/) which is the decision-making authority that is responsible for determining whether or not to approve annexations in Lake County. Lake LAFCO is comprised of seven members including two Lakeport City Council members, two Lake County supervisors, two Special District representatives, and a public member.
How will this project move forward? The annexation will move forward in two main steps. At each step, the stakeholders will be invited to comment on the project.
Step 1: In August 2019, the Lakeport City Council unanimously approved a resolution to submit an annexation application to Lake County Local Area Formation Committee (Lake LAFCo). To support this, the City completed an environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the City Council held a public hearing on August 13, 2019.
Step 2: After conclusion of the good faith process, Lake LAFCo will consider the annexation application. It will hold a "protest hearing" to determine the degree of support from property owners and residents in the annexation area and to determine whether to hold an election. If the annexation is approved, Lake LAFCo will set a timeline for when jurisdiction over the annexation area will be transferred from Lake County to the City of Lakeport.
After an annexation application is submitted to LAFCo, it generally takes six to eight months to be decided.
1. In the coming months, the Lakeport City Council will consider a resolution to submit an annexation application to Lake LAFCO. To support this, the City will go through the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and public notice and a public hearing will be provided.
2. Upon receiving the application, Lake LAFCO will consider it and will hold a “protest hearing” to determine the degree of support from property owners in the annexation area and determine whether to hold an election.
If the application is approved, Lake LAFCO will set a timeline for when jurisdiction over the annexation area will be transferred from Lake County to the City of Lakeport.
How long will the annexation process take? After an annexation application is submitted to LAFCO, it generally takes six to eight months to be decided.
What steps has the City of Lakeport made to prepare for the annexation? The City of Lakeport initiated the South Lakeport Annexation Project in 2015 when the City Council amended the Lakeport General Plan to update the Lakeport Sphere of Influence (SOI) to establish the current boundaries of the proposed annexation area. The City also pre-zoned the annexation area to identify applicable zoning designations if the area is annexed. An Addendum to the Lakeport General Plan Environmental Impact Report was prepared to help inform these decisions in accordance with CEQA. The Addendum evaluated whether the revised SOI would result in any new or increased environmental impacts and determined that it would not.
What do all these acronyms mean?
CEQA is the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA requires that the environmental impacts of projects, such as this annexation project, be analyzed and disclosed during the decision-making process.
Lake LAFCO is the Lake County Local Area Formation Committee. It has the ultimate decision-making authority over whether to approve the annexation application. https://www.lakelafco.org/
MSR stands for Municipal Services Review. By law, before submitting its annexation application, the City of Lakeport had to formally evaluate its ability to provide services to the annexation area and its residents. It did so by preparing an MSR in 2012.
SOI stands for Sphere of Influence. The City of Lakeport General Plan describes what land falls within the City’s SOI. The SOI identifies land outside of a City which is a logical area for the extension of City services. Inclusion of an area in the SOI is a required step towards annexation and the proposed annexation is coterminous with the City of Lakeport’s southern SOI.
Who can I contact for more information? City of Lakeport staff are available to answer any other questions you might have about the South Lakeport Annexation Project. Please feel free to contact City Manager Kevin Ingram at (707) 263-5615 or email@example.com. If he can’t answer your question, he will direct you to someone who can.
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