An Assessment District (formerly known as a Special Taxing District) is a designated area whereby a majority of property owners agree to allow Miami-Dade County to provide public improvements and special services through a non-ad valorem assessment. The County oversees 1,070 active districts providing services to approximately 389,740 households in unincorporated and municipal neighborhoods throughout the County. The types of services provided are: street lighting, security guard, multipurpose maintenance and capital improvements.
These districts are petitioned for and voted on by the residents within the area or created by developers at the inception of a development project. These services are beyond those traditionally provided by County government and are billed to property owners as non-ad valorem assessments included in their annual property tax bills. By creating these assessment districts it gives communities the opportunity to make improvements in the public areas of their neighborhoods which could not be conveniently done otherwise.
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Street Lighting Districts
Street Lighting Districts provide street lights in residential communities and commercial areas. These districts allow for illumination during evening hours, increase visibility and provide a safety feature in communities. Currently there are 902 active street lighting districts, servicing approximately 234,311 properties, accounting for 41,000 lights distributed over 33,000 poles which are maintained by Florida Power & Light Company.
Security Guard Districts
Security Guard Districts provide stationary guards who staff guard houses at the entrance of residential communities. Security Guard Districts are also created to provide roving security guard services in a neighborhood. There are currently 44 Security Guard Districts providing security services to approximately 15,214 properties.
Multi-Purpose Maintenance Districts
Multi-Purpose Maintenance Districts provide services such as landscape maintenance, aquatic weed control in lakes, maintenance of community walls and entrance features. Maintenance services are currently provided in 122 districts servicing approximately 31,741 properties.
Capital Improvements Districts
Capital Improvements Districts provides for (one-time) upgrades or improvements within the public right-of-way. For example, water/sewer, drainage, utilities and other roadway improvements. Currently there are 2 active districts that provided improvements to approximately 152 properties.