Attention property owners: If you haven’t submitted your ballot yet, there may still be time.

According to city sources, City Clerk Ricca Charlon will continue to accept ballots for the city’s Parks and Recreational Facilities District vote up until the conclusion of the public comment portion of the public hearing tonight.

The action will be taking place as part of tonight’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. It will take place at council chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. The public hearing for the potential formation of the parks and rec district is the final agenda item listed.

City Manager Ron Strand has in the past indicated that the ballots will be counted on site within public view. He has also said the plan is to have the actual ballot count done by consultant Willdan, who will also be on hand to answer questions.

Just when the results will be announced is a bit confusing. The agenda staff report contains a statement that “[u]pon completion of the tabulation the results will be declared on April 20, 2019, or the next scheduled council meeting depending on the time it takes to tally the ballots.”

The agenda item, however, is written as if council may call the results of the balloting at today’s meeting and establish the district.

Strand informed the Daily Independent via email on Tuesday that, “We plan to finish the counting of the ballots tomorrow night. Depending on what time we are finished we may have to announce the results another day.”

Anyone who thinks they have not received their appropriate ballot is asked to call 760-499-5001. Ballots must be received in time to return to Charlon during tonight’s meeting.

Council will hold a final public hearing to allow members of the public to weigh in with any final testimony on the topic prior to the ballot count.

Based on the weighted ballot tabulation results, if the “No” votes exceed the “Yes” votes then there is a majority protest of the proposed assessments and council will abandon any further proceedings at that time to form the district, according to the city.

If majority protest does not exist, Council will be requested to formally establish the district and order the levy and collection of the assessments for the district to be collected on the county tax rolls beginning in fiscal year 2019-2020.

The assessment district would reportedly raise an estimated $616,000 annually through an annual base property assessment on the county’s tax roll of $49 per residential unit or commercial 1⁄2 acre. This base amount is adjusted for each property depending on proximity to benefit areas and assessments for apartments and vacant buildings would be calculated according to a different formula. See the April 13 edition of the Daily Independent for more information on these formulas.

The District would include Pinney Pool, Ridgecrest Senior Center, Kerr McGee Community Center, Upjohn Park, Leroy Jackson Park Sports Complex, Kerr McGee Youth Sports Complex, Pearson Park, Freedom Park and Ridgecrest Skate Park.

The initial maximum assessment rate includes an adjustment for inflation allowing the rate to be increased by 3.5 percent annually. If passed, there would be no sunset on the assessment.

The city has repeatedly stated that if the district passes, the first projects to be tackled will be Pinney Pool and any additional repairs needed for the Senior Center.

The Ridgecrest City Council meeting will take place Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., at City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave in Ridgecrest. It will also be broadcast on Mediacom Channel 6 and streamed online at