Our community has been instrumental in helping move the levee process forward by helping pay for a small, but essential portion of the flood control program. This local match is what allows us to have the essential state and federal partnership that pays for up to 90 percent of WSAFCA's total levee improvement costs.
WSAFCA has estimated the levee improvement costs to be $562 million for the 52 miles of levees that surround and protect the City to achieve 200-year flood protection. West Sacramento has three mechanisms to complete the local funding share of the flood improvement program. The local funding mechanisms are:
- Measures U & V. Two voter-approved measures passed in 2008. Measure U continued a one-fourth cent portion (capital allocation) of an existing one-half cent sales tax for an additional 20 years. Measure V provided guidelines for the use of one-fourth cent of sales tax proceeds. A portion of the proceeds is dedicated to funding flood protection improvements.
- In-lieu Fee on New Development. This one-time development fee is expected to accumulate about $40 million for flood protection by the time the City reaches full build out. To learn more about local funding sources see the Final In-Lieu Fee Study.
- Property Tax Assessment. In 2007, West Sacramento property owners approved an annual parcel assessment to be dedicated toward levee improvement projects. The average annual tax of approximately $150 on a single-family home allows for up to $40 million in bonding capacity. To view parcel assessment rates for 2019-20, click here.
To accelerate improvements to of the most significant levee deficiencies, WSAFCA has chosen to move forward with Early Implementation Projects (EIPs). The state's EIP program was created as a result of Propositions 1E and Proposition 84. The propositions authorized the Department of Water Resources to make funds available to local agencies for flood protection work. Last year, WSAFCA completed work on two vulnerable stretches of levee through EIP programs--the Rivers and CHP Academy. Currently, work is underway on another EIP project, the Sacramento River Southport EIP project.
These projects deliver the most rapid reduction in exposure to flood risks while the state continues work on the Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts the West Sacramento General Revaluation Report. The EIPs are selected, designed and built to assure state and federal funding and regulatory assistance.