On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Anderson City Council unanimously enacted on second reading an ordinance approving the pre-zone of approximately 385 acres southeast of the city for future annexation.
But first they tabled any further tax sharing discussions with Shasta County “until the sales tax revenue and property tax revenue return to pre-recession levels,” an action recommended by Anderson City Manager Jeff Kiser after a year of talks on the subject stalled “due, in part, to some philosophical differences,” according to a brief joint report issued by the county and each of three incorporated cities within Shasta County.
The report was signed by Shasta County Executive Officer Larry Lees, Redding City Manager Kurt Starman, Shasta Lake City Manager John Duckett, Jr., and Kiser.
“The primary obstacle . . . has been the poor economy. The four jurisdictions have been adversely impacted by the severe recession. The local economy has stabilized to some extent over the past 12 months, but sales tax revenue and property tax revenue are still well below pre-recession levels,” the report states, in part.
The report, however, does not preclude any of the jurisdictions “from working with each other in the interim on specific projects, annexations or land use topics,” the report continued.
During Tuesday’s Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting, however, District 5 Supervisor Les Baugh, who represents the Anderson area, “publicly blasted Redding Vice Mayor Patrick Jones over the failed tax-sharing proposal between the county and the cities,” Record Searchlight reporter Alayna Shulman wrote.
According to Baugh, Jones was advocating a “personal tax investment scheme” for each entity to share in funds needed to build connecting roads, wider bridges and beef up water and sewer systems in the Oasis Towne Center site off the Oasis Road interchange with Interstate 5, north of Redding.
In exchange for the infrastructure “investment,” Jones’ proposal would allow the various jurisdictions to share in a portion of any sales tax generated once the proposed shopping center is developed.
Anderson faces its own infrastructure funding challenges if the proposed annexation of 385 acres sought by Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products is approved, Development Services Director Kristen Maze noted in a report to council members.
“If the annexation is completed, the city would experience typical costs of providing municipal services to the area such as road maintenance, police and fire service,” she wrote in background report.
The area will also need water and sewer lines extended to the area, and the city might need to beef up its sewage treatment plant, she added.
Roseburg Forest Products intends to develop its former lumber mill site as an industrial park, said company representative Arne Hultgren.