Bond/Tax Orgy Grows in San Fran Area: $500 Million to “Restore” Wetlands

You can never have enough bonds or taxes when you are an environmentalist or lover of big government (Democrat).  The November ballot, so far, State and local, including interest costs, has over $300 billion in tax increases and bond measures to sell the suckers—ur, public.

“While the purchase was enabled by federal and state agencies, along with private donations, there was never a revenue source for the actual restoration of the land. Now, a nine-county ballot measure seeks to change that. By asking for a $12 annual tax on every parcel, the San Francisco Bay Area Restoration Authority is seeking a total of $500 million, or $25 million a year, for restoration projects and real ecological benefits.”

The Bay Area already has the highest housing energy and water costs in the State and arguably the worst traffic on streets and freeways.  Yet some wetland seems to be more important than the survival of the families of the area.  That could be why the middle class has fled the area—that is good news for Texas—and terrible news for the future of the Bay Area and California.

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Editorial: vote Yes on Measure AA

San Mateo Daily Journal,  4/22/16

 

 

In 2003, 15,100 acres of salt ponds were purchased from Cargill Inc. with an aim to eventually restore them to tidal wetlands. For decades, those lands that were taken from the Bay were used for salt production and the purchase was part of a larger effort to restore that land back to its natural state.

The project has several goals, to bring back habitat that would allow for dwindling wildlife to flourish again and to also provide ways for the area’s water quality to improve while also creating better flood control.

While the purchase was enabled by federal and state agencies, along with private donations, there was never a revenue source for the actual restoration of the land. Now, a nine-county ballot measure seeks to change that. By asking for a $12 annual tax on every parcel, the San Francisco Bay Area Restoration Authority is seeking a total of $500 million, or $25 million a year, for restoration projects and real ecological benefits.

Though the San Francisco Bay is the defining characteristic of this region, it historically receives disproportionately less federal funding compared to other significant national bodies of water. Puget Sound, the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay receive between five and 60 times more federal support than the Bay. Though there has been some effort by local federal legislators to correct that, but so far there has been little to show. This measure would be able to produce the money needed to begin many of the projects and could be used to leverage additional state and federal funds.

While many of those projects are in the South Bay, they would help in assuring the entire Bay stays healthy and also ensure that decades of development, diking and fill would be rectified. There are also opportunities in San Mateo County for projects, including the restoration of marsh land near San Francisquito Creek and even some improvements at Coyote Point.

Restoring Bay marsh land is key to preventing flooding, reducing pollution and creating new recreation areas for all to enjoy. The purchase in 2003 was a tremendous step toward the potential for this land, and other areas, to be restored. This nine-county proposal, Measure AA, now provides the much-needed funding for its restoration. This has been a long thought-out process with tremendous benefits for everyone in the Bay Area with just a small amount of revenue provided by each and every property owner in nine counties. It deserves your support.

 

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.