Take Action – Millions at Stake on 12-28-16 BOS Agenda

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether or not to sign documents to receive a loan of approximately $57,000,000 from the USDA to build a new Sheriff’s facility on Missouri Flat Road.

Here is a link to agenda item and documents:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2912099&GUID=1E65B1D9-EB49-4256-891D-E3985B5F8B80

While it is clear that the current Sheriff’s facility is in need of repair and/or replacement, the magnitude of this loan, in addition to other County infrastructure projects, has the potential to create a situation where the County’s expenses will outweigh its revenues.

Here are snippets from the Chief Administrative Officer’s Report:

fiscal-impactother-infrastructure-needsconclusions

On October 6, 2016, due to concerns arising from the new Sheriff’s facility, Save Our County sent a letter to Doug Colucci, Area Specialist of Rural Development for the USDA.  Those concerns include:

  • The County’s potential violation of the California Constitution due to the proposed indebtedness exceeding revenues (Article XVI, Section 18)
  • The potential for additional costs of road infrastructure required to accommodate the new location on Missouri Flat Road
  • The obvious disqualification because the County’s population exceeds 20,000
  • The potential for additional costs to clean up the former Superfund site
  • The concern for public safety by locating to a new site on a congested road that is distant from the highway corridor, and more.

The complete document submitted to the USDA is available here:  comments-regarding-sheriffs-complex

If any of these items concern you, please contact Doug Colucci, Area Specialist of Rural Development for the USDA at:  Doug.Colucci@ca.usda.gov, 916-212-5088

Additionally, you may want to attend the Board meeting or contact the Supervisors.  However, based on the Board’s past actions and lack of response, we encourage you to contact the USDA.

Email:
To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>
Subject:  USDA Loan, 12-28-16 Agenda Item #2, File #16-0398

Meeting:
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10:00 am
Board of Supervisors – temporary location
2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville

 

 

Vote local on November 8, 2016

Save Our County has worked with communities throughout El Dorado County to protect our picturesque landscapes and quality of life.  Efforts include organizing and collaborating with:

  • Friends of Historic Hangtown – Stop the roundabout in Placerville
  • Shingle Springs Community Alliance
  • No San Stino
  • Stop Tilden Park
  • RIPP – Residents Involved in Positive Planning
  • GPS – Georgetown Preservation Society
  • Rural Communities United
  • Green Valley Alliance
  • Save the El Dorado Canal
  • SHRED – Save Hangtown from Redevelopment and Eminent Domain
  • Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills
  • Placerville Historic Preservation League – Save the Courthouse
  • Land Use Ballot Measures O, E and G.

As such, we endorse the following candidates who will stand up against special interests and represent constituents.

Please vote for the following candidates on November 8, 2016:

John Hidahl, candidate for El Dorado County Supervisor, District 1:  hidahl4supe.com

Alan Day, candidate for El Dorado Irrigation District Director, Division 5:  day4eid.com

Craig Schmidt, candidate for El Dorado Irrigation District Director, Division 3:  fixeid.com

Watch this video to see why we need better representation than Bill George on the EID board:

 

Attend Board Meeting to Stop Property Tax Giveaway

UPDATE:  More detailed data was provided and used to tabulate the following projections of lost revenue:

Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation
As the number of Prop 90 recipients increases each year, the annual amount of lost revenue also increases.
Prop 90 Annual Calculation
The County staff report states that each Prop 90 recipient receives between $2,500 and $3,000 savings per year.

ORIGINAL POST:

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 3:00 pm, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will review whether or not they will extend Prop 90, which is a tax-break incentive for senior citizens to move into El Dorado County.  Prop 90 allows homeowners to transfer their tax base value when selling their house in the Bay Area and Southern California, which significantly lowers their property taxes on the house they subsequently purchase in El Dorado County.

Former Chief Administrative Officers have advised the Supervisors to reject Prop 90 because of the lost revenues to the County;  however, past Boards of Supervisors have extended Prop 90 due to pressure from the El Dorado County Association of Realtors.

Statements from the Chief Administrative Officer and Assessor from a 1989 memorandum:

Upon review of the proposition (copy attached) and material submitted by County Assessor John Thorne, I can see no value for El Dorado County in opting into the program authorized by Proposition 90. Not only is there no benefit to El Dorado County, the program would actually place a disservice on those citizens who currently own homes in the county and would exacerbate the inequity of property taxes already occurring in El Dorado County and the remainder of California. If adopted, the effect of such an ordinance in El Dorado County would be to reduce property tax revenues with no correlating reduction in demand for services from those citizens moving into our communities.

As you can see, it appears that counties such as ours would suffer a considerable economical loss, as the majority of people coming into our county are from more costly areas within the state.

Here are diagrams showing the calculations of lost revenue to El Dorado County due to Prop 90:

Prop 90 Annual Calculation
Lost revenue calculation per house, per year
Prop 90 Cumulative Calculation
Cumulative lost revenue calculation

The above calculations were made from information in staff reports from the El Dorado County website:

2014 Report by El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland
2016 Report by Director of Economic Development Jeff McLaughlin

Please attend the public hearing to voice your concerns about extending Prop 90.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 95667

To send in your comments via email, send to:

Supervisor Mikulaco <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
The BOSFOUR <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

Subject: Prop 90, File #09-0992, Agenda Item #52

Press Release – GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUPS BRING A WIN AND AWARENESS TO EL DORADO COUNTY

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190
SaveOurCounty.net

 

GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUPS BRING
A WIN AND AWARENESS TO EL DORADO COUNTY

 

June 8, 2016, Placerville, CA

Save Our County, Residents Involved in Positive Planning, and the Shingle Springs Community Alliance would like to thank the voters of El Dorado County for the adoption of Measure E.  Measure E retains a new and improved 1998 Measure Y while sending a clear message that projects which create gridlock on our roads will not be tolerated.

Measure G lost by a slim margin, informing the Board of Supervisors that it is not just a “small” group of residents that want our resources, rural character, and quality of life protected, as promised in the voter-approved 2004 General Plan.

The ‘No’ campaign by Parker Development, the Farm Bureau, Alliance for Responsible Planning, and the Winery Association promised to protect our open space, farms, wineries, rural economy, local jobs, worms, water, roads, rural quality of life, schools, public safety, fire protection, small businesses, our children, and seniors.

In light of those campaign promises we would expect to find common ground with the opposing groups when we ask the Board of Supervisors to stop ruling in favor of projects that violate our General Plan.  Rather than wasting public and private resources by forcing lawsuits, the Supervisors should stand with the people of El Dorado County in demanding that the required policies that protect our historical, cultural, agricultural, recreational, and natural resources finally be put in place.

We would like to express a special appreciation to the many individuals, business owners, farmers, and ranchers who have spent their time and energy to spread the word about the importance of protecting our rural quality of life.

Additionally, thank you to the many community groups that supported our shared cause, including Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills, Friends of Historic Hangtown, Georgetown Preservation Society, our friends in Meyers, and especially Rural Communities United (RCU).

When the current Board of Supervisors recently overhauled our General Plan and Zoning Ordinance to favor higher-density, urban-type development, RCU was quick to take the lead in a lawsuit designed to stop the county from its abuse of “discretionary” power.  We encourage everyone to support RCU with donations to fund the lawsuit that will further restore the voter-approved 2004 General Plan.

Supplemental information can be found at this website:   ruralcommunitiesunited.org.

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Take Action – Dollar General in Georgetown

Folks in Georgetown:

Want to stop the Dollar General project?

Dollar General Northwest elevation
View from Main Street

The most efficient way to stop this project is to ask Supervisor Ranalli to do an emergency measure to implement a Historic District overlay for Main Street, Georgetown:  bosfour@edcgov.us or 530-621-6513.

Historic Design General PoliciesHistoric Design Conforming Structures Historic Design Commercial page 1Historic Design Commercial page 2Otherwise, your only options are to hold the Planning Commission to the design standards of a Design Community overlay, or to not combine the three parcels.

The three parcels have a Design Community (DC) overlay.

Dollar General parcel Design ControlBecause the parcels are zoned commercial you can’t really fight the commercial use, but you can challenge health and safety issues, such as water, sewer, transportation, drainage, etc.  and challenge the look of the buildings based on the following DC development codes:

Sec. 130.74.020. – Purpose.

  1. For the protection, enhancement and use of places, sites, buildings and structures having special character, aesthetic interest and value;
  2. Enhancement of tourism and the economy of the County by protecting and preserving places having special and unique character and interest.

Sec. 130.74.030. – Creation of districts.

The Board of Supervisors, following consideration by the Planning Commission, may create new design review districts. When creating a new design review district, the Board of Supervisors shall find that the area proposed is:

  1. An area of special, natural beauty and aesthetic interest forming a basic resource in the economy of the County; the preservation of which would enhance the character of the County and local communities and promote tourist attractions; or
  2. Areas, places, sites, structures or uses which have special historical significance as identified by an agency representing Federal, State or local historical concerns; or
  3. Both Subsections 1 and 2 of this section.

Sec. 130.74.040. – Sierra design and community design review districts; restrictions.

  1. Any district created pursuant to Section 130.74.030.1 shall be designated on zoning maps as either design Sierra (-DS) or as design community (-DC) as the case may be.
  2. All new commercial within the boundaries of a community design district shall conform in exterior styling to that style of architecture described in Subsection C of this section. Approval for compliance with design criteria shall be provided for in Section 130.74.115.

C.The architectural styling for new construction permitted in the community design districts shall be that which is exemplified and meets the intent of the community design guide which shall be adopted by the Board of Supervisors. These design guides shall provide guidelines and examples for architectural styles and site design permitted in the subject districts.

Full Code:

https://www.municode.com/library/ca/el_dorado_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=%7B%22searchText%22:%22design%20control%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:%5B%22CODES%22%5D,%22productIds%22:%5B%5D%7D&nodeId=PTBLADECO_TIT130ZO_CH130.74DEREDI_S130.74.115AP

Aerial photo of site
Photo showing the three parcels proposed for combining to create the project site
Site Plan
Footprint of the project on the three parcels

LINKS TO CORPORATE AND SUBSIDY INFORMATION REGARDING DOLLAR GENERAL:

http://corp-research.org/dollar-general

http://subsidytracker.goodjobsfirst.org/prog.php?parent=dollar-general

http://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/prog.php?parent=dollar-general

Link to County website for Dollar General project:

http://edcapps.edcgov.us/Planning/ProjectInquiryDisplay.asp?ProjectID=20215

 

 

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