Guest View: The redevelopment proposal " what it would and wouldn’t do
On Feb. 22 from 2 to 9:30 p.m., South Lake Tahoe city staff members and I had a great opportunity to discuss with the public the proposal to create a new redevelopment project area to finance needed and desired community improvements in the “Y” and adjacent areas. More than 103 residents, business owners, property owners and representatives of property owners took time out of their busy schedule to attend the all-afternoon and evening sessions in the city council chambers.
The meeting was positive and constructive, and those present had important questions and comments to make. Not everyone left the meeting in full agreement, but we began and engaged in a positive dialogue about the area’s future, and this dialogue must continue.
Some important questions that were raised at the meeting need to be repeated and answered again.
Answer: No, Proposition 13 limits the amount of the property tax to 1 percent inside the city and inside a redevelopment project area.
Answer: No, the plan now being written for the city council/RDA board adoption will specifically contain a provision that eliminates the redevelopment agency’s power to use eminent domain in the new project area.
Answer: A new RDA Project Area and plan can help finance improvements and repairs to homes and businesses, and finance public improvements needed and desired by the community without raising taxes.
Answer: Yes, under certain circumstances, and in addition, city government can use other federal and state grant funds to help make needed improvements to improve water quality and fire flow while reducing the burden of paying for these improvements on users of the system or other residents in the city limits.
Answer: No, but it can help reduce the dollars needed.
Answer: Absolutely not. The new project area and plan are being developed to serve and meet the needs of locals who want city government to pay attention to the condition of streets, drainage, open space, business assistance, housing repair, etc., in this area. City government officials care about all of the community.
Answer: When the time comes for the adoption of the plan and if you are not in support of it, ask the city council to exclude your property from the plan. The city council must adopt a new plan by ordinance; however, the ordinance adopted is subject to referendum if enough folks are unhappy with it. Of course, if your property is excluded or the plan is not adopted, city government and its redevelopment agency would not be able to make the defined improvements or provide assistance to homeowners and businesses.
I promised those present that I would see that more meetings are held to discuss the plan. City staff is also available to meet with interested groups and organizations, and to hold more public discussion. I appreciated everyone who attended and encourage open communication and dialogue with you.
” David Jinkens is city manager of South Lake Tahoe and executive director of the South Tahoe Redevelopment Agency.
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