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CCFCD voting deadline Aug. 28

Monday, 07 August 2017 18:25 Written by 

The district mounted the huge reconstruction of the levee in the early spring, when all conditions suggested there could be severe flooding in the Tulare Lake Basin. Trucks hauled dirt to the 14 miles of levee for several months, rebuilding the banks to 191 feet above sea level, high enough to withstand a flood reaching 189 feet above sea level. Subsidence over the past several years had changed the topography of the area, leaving several parts of the City of Corcoran exposed to potential flooding. Many homes in the city stand at just about 183 feet above sea level at this point. The election is required by Proposition 218, which requires a vote of stakeholders before an increase in an assessment or utility can be put in place. This election will be weighted, meaning property owners with more value in their lands will have more votes. For instance, a property with an assessment payment of $291 will be given 29 votes. Under that scenario, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) controls the fate of the vote. The assessed valuation of CDCR’s two prisons in Corcoran has come in at $1 billion, giving the agency 55 percent of the total vote. Their payment will reach $5.5 million of the $10 million tab. Ag interests are expected to be assessed another $2.9 million, leaving local residents with $1.6 million to pay over three years. The average residential cost is expected to come in at about $191 per year; some are higher than that and some are lower. If CDCR decides not to vote on the issue, local residents and businesses, including ag, will decide the election. The district will hold a public hearing on the issue Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. in the city council chambers. Following the hearing, ballots will be tabulated. Approximately 2,800 ballots were put in the mail July 11. Residents with questions or concerns, or who wish to make a written appeal or complaint, can do so by contacting the Cross Creek Flood Control District office at 1107 Norboe Ave.

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Tina Botill

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