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Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:57 am, Tue Jul 3, 2012.

If Galt is going to keep maintaining landscaping and lighting in specific districts, the city council is going to have to return to the voters in the next two years to levy tax increases, Interim Public Works Director Richard Prima has warned.

Meanwhile, a public hearing has been set for later this month to receive input on $7 increases per parcel elsewhere in the city.

“The other districts should be going up, too, but that’s not the way it’s set up,” Prima said recently regarding the voter initiatives that allow the city to charge property owners for landscape and lighting maintenance.

There are three such districts within Galt. The annual assessments range from $36 to $212 depending on the location.

They could be raised to $288 per parcel for the 230 properties within Landscaping and Lighting District No. 3.

At a city council meeting earlier this month, Prima said the accounts that fund regular landscaping and lighting improvements and maintenance are running out of money.

Per-parcel assessments for two of the districts have not been increased for more than two decade and expenses continually exceed revenue, according to the Public Works Department.

A public hearing to discuss levying assessments for 2012-13 for properties in all three districts has been set for 7 p.m. July 17 at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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