Saturday, March 31, 2007

Flood Protection Leadership

We assume this emerging leadership around flood issues will soon extend to developing a long-range plan for reaching the gold standard of flood protection (appropriate for the gateway to the gold fields) of a 500 year level of flood projection already attained by most major river cities, including Tacoma, St. Louis, Dallas, and Kansas City, and for a revealing graph of the status cut and paste this link to your web browser.

Fargo urges flood tax
$326 million assessment vital to lure government funds to area, she says.
By Matt Weiser - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, March 31, 2007

Calling flood protection vital to Sacramento's economy, Mayor Heather Fargo on Friday urged residents to support a $326 million property tax assessment that would lure more than $2 billion in state and federal funds to the region for flood control projects.

The assessment, proposed by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, is now being decided by local property owners in a special vote-by-mail election. Ballots are due back to the agency by April 19.

About 140,000 property owners are affected by the election, which would replace two existing flood assessment districts.

The average property tax increase under the new assessment would be $35 per year.

"The entire region would be affected if we ever did have a flood," said Fargo, who is also SAFCA's current chairwoman. "That is why we are working so hard to get this assessment approved. This is clearly an investment worth making."