Aliso Viejo is both a City and a master planned community. As such, some services are provided by the City, and other services are provided by the Aliso Viejo Community Association.
The City of Aliso Viejo is responsible for providing programs and services to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in the community. Vital services such as police protection, fire safety, planning, building and safety, and public works are all responsibilities of the City.
A majority of the City’s funding comes from property taxes and sales taxes. These revenues pay for the day-to-day operations of the City. The City also receives a variety of special revenues such as gas tax and development fees. These funds are typically designated for specific purposes such as street improvements and community enhancement projects.
The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) is a master homeowner’s association in Aliso Viejo. AVCA is responsible for common area maintenance including parks, greenbelts, parkways and slopes. In addition, AVCA is responsible for enforcing the covenants, conditions and restrictions or CC&Rs, which addresses things such as paint colors, property maintenance and many aesthetic issues.
AVCA is financially supported by assessments paid by all members of the homeowner’s association. Each member pays the same Administrative Functions Common Assessment. A Public Functions Common Assessment is apportioned based on a ratio of the market value of each property in relation to the market value of all properties in AVCA boundaries. These funds are collected directly by AVCA and cannot be withheld or reduced by the State as can happen with tax revenues that are earmarked for the City.
Although the City and AVCA have distinctly different responsibilities, the two entities work closely together to provide comprehensive local services to the community. Officials from both organizations meet on a regular basis to address issues of mutual interest and partnered with one another on a number of community events and projects for the benefit of the residents.