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Council approves tax-sharing plan

County will support Roseville’s annexation of two future developments and wildlife area
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The possible development of roughly 4,700 acres in the southwestern portion of Placer County is primed to begin following the Roseville City Council’s unanimous approval Wednesday of a tax-sharing plan with the county.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the agreement at their Sept. 13 meeting.

“This sets the stage to annex (three) areas,” said City Treasurer Russ Branson during the council meeting.

Under the terms of the deal, the county will support Roseville’s annexation of the Sierra Vista Specific Plan, Creekview Specific Plan (which has yet to be approved by the city) and the Al Johnson Wildlife Area, formerly called Reason Farm Environmental Preserve.

The two developments include about 11,300 residential units, shopping centers, schools and parks to accommodate some 28,000 new residents — a 25 percent increase in the city’s current population. The estimated build-out period of the Sierra Vista Specific Plan is expected to be 20 to 30 years.

The wildlife area will include a stormwater retention basin, and recreation, open space and habitat restoration projects for endangered species.

In exchange, the county will receive a portion of property and sales tax revenue from the planned developments. The total revenue is expected to reach about $20 million annually.

That portion is 18.25 percent of 1 percent of the property tax, and 11.5 percent of 1 percent of sales tax, Branson said. The city will receive whatever remains.

The agreement is based on the premise that revenues generated will exceed the expected cost of providing both city and county services.

At build-out, the city is projected to have a positive fiscal balance of $947,000 annually in today’s dollars. The county is projected to have a surplus of $586,000.

“It is truly a fair agreement for Roseville and Placer County,” said Mayor Pauline Roccucci during her State of the City address prior to the council meeting. “It will allow the long-planned growth to move forward in a well-planned, comprehensive manner and puts both of us in a strong financial position for our future infrastructure needs.”

Placer County Supervisor Jack Duran was unable to attend Wednesday’s council meeting but later said the agreement will boost the regional economy.

“We can now begin putting millions of dollars in private sector investment to work creating jobs and updating our infrastructure, while keeping our commitment to open space and protecting vital public services,” Duran said.

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Oct. 5 council meeting:

Agreement renewal for medical services: The city has used Sutter Medical Foundation to provide medical services since 2001, which include fit-for-duty exams, treatment of injuries covered by the city’s self-insured workers’ compensation program, drug and alcohol testing and more. The city agreed to a two-year extension as Sutter has indicated it will increase rates significantly in 2012, and this agreement will lock in current fee schedules. Contract amount will not exceed $125,000 for the plan year.

Acceptance of Byrne Memorial Federal Justice Assistance: The city received a $31,305 grant to pay a portion of the salary and benefits of the Police Department’s public safety community relations coordinator, who oversees Neighborhood Watch groups, Citizen’s Police Academy and other community outreach and education efforts.

Cold drink vending machine controller program: A new program for any Roseville business with a cold drink vending machine. The device is easy to install and reduces energy consumption by as much as 45 percent on each machine and extends the mechanical life of the machine compressor and fan. An estimated 700 cold drink units will be retrofit with this device for an annual savings of 900,000 kilo-watt hours. The rebate covers 100 percent of the installed cost. Total cost of the contract with contractor, Staples and Associates, shall not exceed $150,000 and should be complete by June 2012.

Award for public outreach support for Environmental Utilities: The department conducts public outreach and marketing activities to publicize programs and services to utility customers. These activities are state mandated. In lieu of hiring a permanent staff member to continue to coordinate these efforts, the department will work with ProPose to provide consulting services.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.