Thursday, February 22, 2007

Flood Assessment Map

The final is out, looks reasonable.

In flood control plan, prices of protection vary
Assessments will reflect benefits in blueprint set for vote.
By Deb Kollars - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dan and Nancy Cole, longtime residents of Land Park, live just a short walk from their son, Robert, and his young family.

They share the same shady neighborhood, favorite coffeehouses and stroller routes for the grandkids.

However, if a new flood control assessment is approved this spring, one thing they won't be sharing is a similar tax bill.

The son's assessment -- based on a 1,400-square-foot, single-story home on an ever-so-slight rise in the land -- would be $30 a year. The parents' assessment -- based on their 2,200-square-foot, two-story home on lower ground -- would be taxed $111 a year.

"We're just a half-mile apart. It's a little surprising," the son said. "But it also makes sense."

Differences like this would play out throughout the city and county if property owners approve the new assessment district, which is being proposed by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.