Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Parkway Tax Plan Announcement

Supervisors favor new parkway plan
Published 12:00 am PST Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SACRAMENTO – County supervisors provisionally approved a plan Tuesday to ask property owners near the American River Parkway to kick in up to $30 annually to help fund the regional park.

Residents of the cities of Sacramento and Citrus Heights would not be asked to participate.

The plan, which could raise more than $2 million, calls for creation of a joint powers authority – Sacramento County, Rancho Cordova and Folsom – that could ask property owners to agree to an assessment. Property owners within a half mile of the parkway would be assessed $30 annually, while those half a mile to three miles away would pay $15.

The supervisors voted 5-0, but a second vote is needed. Rancho Cordova and Folsom are expected to take up the matter in February.

Some residents have argued that rather than a vote-by-mail assessment, any plan to increase parkway funding should be appear on a ballot and face a two-thirds approval requirement.

– Ed Fletcher

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