Assessment districts in the City of Los Altos are almost always initiated by a "neighborhood" that wants some type of improvement project.
In the 1950s and 1960s, requests were typically for sewers and street improvements such as curbs and gutters. Other uses have included storm drains, downtown parking, downtown decorative lighting, noise abatement walls and even a fallout shelter that has since been abandoned. Most recently, property owners have expressed interest in undergrounding utilities through the assessment district process.
The City has prepared a document explaining the process, which can be reviewed below:
Please feel free to contact the Engineering Division with any questions at (650) 947-2780.