A Community Services District (CSD) is a governing body that can be formed by residents of an unincorporated area to ensure that basic service needs are met. Some Community Services Districts provide water, sewer, police and fire services, garbage collection, recreation, landscaping, street lighting, mosquito abatement, graffiti abatement, library services and more. All services not handled by the CSD are managed by the County.
There are approximately 2,300 independent special districts in
Special districts are primarily accountable to the voters who elect their boards of directors and the customers who use their services. However, although they are not functions of the state, the state also provides critical oversight to special district operations. Special districts must submit annual financial reports to the State Controller and must also follow state laws pertaining to public meetings, bonded debt, record keeping and elections.
In the Town of Discovery Bay, our CSD oversees water, sewer, landscaping and recreation. In addition, the CSD Board can advise the County on other services and issues impacting the community. By forming a CSD, Discovery Bay residents ensured that the essential services of Discovery Bay would be managed locally and independently of the County, enabling our community to have a stronger voice in the type and level of service the Town receives.
To find out more, review the Community Services District Law (Government Code §61000-61850).