Tuesday, July 17, 2007

West Sacramento Levees

Increased taxes approved for levee work to get the area above the minimum of protection, to the 200 year level, a good start.

We hope to see the leadership of the community began advocating for a serious commitment to reaching the gold standard of flood protection, a 500 year level.

W. Sac voters approve flood fee
Property owners tax themselves to raise $42 million for levees.
By Deb Kollars - Bee Staff Writers
Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Joining their neighbors on the other side of the Sacramento River, property owners in West Sacramento overwhelmingly approved a $42 million assessment package for greater flood protection.

The final tally -- 70 percent in favor -- came as welcome news Monday afternoon for the Yolo County city's political and flood control leaders.

"This is a historic and joyous day for us," said City Councilman Bill Kristoff, who serves on the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, which sponsored the assessment bid.

The measure's passage also marked the latest step for the Sacramento region in coming to grips with some of the most severe flooding risks in the nation.

In April, Sacramento and Sutter county property owners approved a $326 million assessment to pay for flood control improvements on the American and Sacramento rivers through the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.