WATERFORD — Waterford residents solidly rejected a proposal to create a citywide Community Facilities District to cover the costs of street lights, traffic signals, parks and other amenities. Measure W would have levied a fee of $60 per year for residential parcels and $120 for business parcels. As a specific tax, it needed two-thirds yes votes to pass but only received about 32 percent.
Currently, the city has two assessment districts, one a lighting district dating to 1920 and the other a lighting and landscaping district created in 1991, and some areas that are not in either district. Residents pay anywhere from nothing, if they are not in a district, to $52 per year.
Measure W would have eliminated those districts in favor of the citywide assessment district. Proponents argued Measure W would have created fair rates for all. With its defeat, the existing assessment districts remain.