New report says: Tax, and Spend, Not Save then spend


Comment By Our Greedy Governments
Mon.03-05-2012

Are these over Educated Idiots who don’t have a brain in their head, ever going to get it through their heads that you can not tax your way out of every thing, somewhere along the way, the bottom will eventually crash in on their heads, they think that sence they went to College, they think they know best, but look at what they are doing shows ignorance.

Just think, if all these Governments keep Taxing, and Regulating this country into another Great Depression, if this happens will they admit that they caused it, NO, they will blame people who did not go to College, saying they wanted too much, BUT just think, WHO was it that passed it all, and Who had the chance to say NO, and say it cost to much, but no they will bring in a Company that will charge a big fee, but yet we are paying people in Government that are suppost to know the job that they brought some one in to do.

Who do we blame for inadequate flood control, 1) Government, 2) Government EPA, and 3) Government Regulating, does that cover it all, or did I forget some thing, Oh yes, Politicians, Government, Environmentalists, special Interest Groups, and the YUPPIE who wants it all, and now.
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New report says Pierce County flood control inadequate

A new report says many river levees and other flood control structures in Pierce County are inadequate and recommends more than $316 million in projects over the next 20 years.

STEVE MAYNARD; Staff writer
Published: 03/05/12

A new report says many river levees and other flood control structures in Pierce County are inadequate and recommends more than $316 million in projects over the next 20 years.

The Pierce County plan, which took nearly three years to complete, examines flood risks and recommends solutions along the Puyallup, Nisqually, White and Carbon rivers.

The draft report, called the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan, says the county “faces significant challenges in the years ahead.” “The aging system of flood management facilities, many of which were built in the 1960s or earlier, were built to a lower level of protection than what is now required to protect transportation, commercial and residential structures,” the document says.

The time frame for making improvements will depend on the amount of local and other funds available, said Lorin Reinelt, the county’s project manager for the plan.

The document comes at the same time the County Council is preparing to approve a controversial flood-control zone district that would levy new taxes. Officials in some cities not prone to flooding problems have opposed it. The council is scheduled to vote on it April 3.

The flood management plan, which identifies the flood-control district as a financial option, says current funds are inadequate to protect the area’s growing population. It also points out risks to three wastewater treatment plants for Tacoma, Puyallup and Sumner along the Puyallup River.

To reduce the risk of death and building damage, “we need to make further investments,” Reinelt said. “We’ve done the best we can with the funds we have.”

Proposed improvements include new and rebuilt levees, new setbacks and new flood walls. The most costly of the 33 recommended projects is $104 million to set back the levee along North Levee Road from Interstate 5 to the Highway 161-North Meridian bridge in Puyallup.

The plan and its environmental study released last week total about 1,200 pages. Pierce County staff produced it.

The cost of paying consultants and the U.S. Geological Survey for help was about $900,000, Reinelt said. A 26-member committee advised the county on the plan.

The public can comment on the draft plan and its environmental impact statement at a forum March 13. The final version is expected to be forwarded to the Pierce County Council for adoption in September.

The plan replaces one done in 1991 and is more comprehensive, adding the Nisqually, Greenwater and Mashel rivers and South Prairie Creek.

In the past 20 years, the county has spent more than $155 million in local, state and federal funds to prevent flooding and repair damage caused by flooding and erosion.

A 2010 study found that a so-called hundred-year flood in the entire flood planning area – primarily the populated areas of the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers and their tributaries – could cause up to $725 million in damage. That level of flood occurred on the upper Puyallup River in sparsely populated areas above Orting in November 2006 and on South Prairie Creek in 2009, Reinelt said.

The plan details a variety of charges, fees and taxes to pay for recommended projects. It notes that the County Council is considering the flood control zone option to help pay for parts of the plan.

The countywide flood-district tax, as proposed, would be limited to 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The average homeowner would likely pay around $25 per year. Under state law, the district could collect up to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The flood district would provide about $8.5 million a year, less than what’s needed along with existing funds for the recommended projects, Reinelt said. Federal matching funds could be added as a result of another study under way by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, focusing on flooding in the Puyallup River basin.

Gig Harbor and Milton filed an appeal in November, contending that an environmental study should have examined the flood control zone district as well as the Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan.

A hearing on the appeal before a hearings examiner is scheduled for March 20.

Steve Maynard: 253-597-8647

 

 

 

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