The board of supervisors shall thereafter, in each year, prior to the time of fixing
the county tax rate, estimate the cost of maintaining and operating the improvements to be maintained and operated withinthe maintenance district during the ensuing year.The board of supervisors shall decide whether or not the cost ofmaintaining and operating theimprovement shall be borne wholly or partially by the maintenance district and shall, in addition to all other taxes, fix a special tax
rate for the real property withinthe maintenance district, or for lighting purposes levy an assessment on each parcel of real property within
the maintenance district on the basis of the estimated benefit to the parcel, sufficient to raise an amount of money to cover the expense of maintainingthe improvements during the ensuing year, or such portion ofthe amount as the board of supervisors shall determine shall be borne bythe maintenance district, and the board of supervisors shall levy a special assessment tax or, for lighting purposes, an assessment each year upon the real property inthe maintenance district sufficient to pay such expense, or the portion thereof, whichshall be paid by the maintenance district.
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