CSA 7, Zone 2 - Fallen Leaf Neighborhood

Proposed Standby Charge for CSA 7 - Zone 2: What You Need to Know

County Service Area No. 7 – Zone 2, which includes your properties in the Fallen Leaf Neighborhood. Here's a simplified overview to keep you informed:

Purpose of Standby Charge:
The County is suggesting a new standby charge to financially support the maintenance and operation of sanitary sewer infrastructure, including the Big Basin Water Company Wastewater Treatment Plant, and associated administrative costs.

Standby Charge Details:

  • Total proposed assessment for CSA 7 - Zone 2: $68,050.85
  • Standby Charges portion: $15,847.40

Voting and Property Tax Impact:

  • Approved charges will be added to your 2024-25 property tax bill in two installments.
  • A vote in favor supports the formation of Zone 2 and funds the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A vote against rejects the formation and funding, opting for alternative sewer facility management.

Public Hearing Details: Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Time: 9:00 a.m. Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor, Santa Cruz, California

  • Submit your ballot before the Public Hearing via mail or hand delivery to the Deputy CAO.
  • Mark "In Favor of Standby Charge" or "Oppose Standby Charge" and sign it.
  • Use the provided return envelope or ensure the outer envelope used is labeled "STANDBY CHARGE BALLOT -- DO NOT OPEN UNTIL PUBLIC HEARING."
  • Unmarked or unsigned ballots or those not received before the end of the Public Hearing won't be counted.

More Information: For inquiries, contact Beatriz Barranco, Senior Civil Engineer, at 831-477-3907 or visit the County offices at 701 Ocean Street, Room 410, Santa Cruz, California, during regular business hours.


  • Zone 2 includes 32 parcels served by the Big Basin Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Standby charge supports operation and maintenance costs for vacant parcels affected by the CZU fire.
  • Assessment methodology follows Government Code regulations for fair charges based on property use.

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