Roseville considers redevelopment agency’s future
To pay or not to pay: That is the question for the City of Roseville.
The city must decide if it will shell out about $1.8 million in redevelopment funds to the state of California to prevent the dissolution of the Roseville Redevelopment Agency.
Two trailer bills, ABX1 26 and 27, passed with the recently adopted state budget, require agencies to divert a portion of their funds by Oct. 1 or be dissolved.
“Dissolution of the agency will eliminate a significant tool in our revitalization tool belt as tax increment is diverted to help balance the state budget instead of being invested in local improvements,” said Kevin Payne, the city’s assistant planning and redevelopment director during the July 6 City Council meeting.
City staff updated the council on what they’re calling the “apocalyptic” impacts of taking money from the local government to help cover the state’s budget gap. Payne said the new Town Square, mixed-use projects and additional parking in Old Town are now at risk.
“Redevelopment has been such a critical component of our revitalization of our downtown,” said Councilman John Allard. “You look at Riverside, you look at Vernon, you look at Atlantic and you look at historic Old Town … This will be devastating to our efforts to revitalize downtown Roseville.”
Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines both voted in favor of eliminating redevelopment agencies unless they fork out the money, said Mark Wolinski, an administrative analyst for the city.
Allard encouraged residents to communicate with these representatives about the importance of local redevelopment efforts.
“It’s devastating to our city,” said Councilwoman Carol Garcia. “We depended on a lot of those redevelopment dollars to build what our future was going to be.”
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