Placerville City Redevelopment Dead
Wendy Schultz, Mt Democrat , June 29, 2012Placerville City Council put the final nail in the redevelopment coffin at Tuesday’s meeting by repealing city ordinance 1641.
The city ordinance, establishing a redevelopment plan for the Placerville Redevelopment Agency, was adopted by the city council on May 10, 2011. Public protest in the form of a referendum and actions by the state legislature to abolish redevelopment agencies in California blocked the implementation of Ordinance #1641.
The city council waited out the California Supreme Court decision on a lawsuit brought by the California League of Cities and the California Redevelopment Agency over the legality of state assembly bills ABX1-26 and ABX1-27. ABX1-26 eliminated redevelopment agencies and ABX1-27 allowed them to continue if they voluntarily contributed additional tax increment funds to special districts.
When the court upheld the elimination of redevelopment agencies and denied the ability to continue with voluntary contributions in December, the city council began negotiations to continue the redevelopment process long enough to be able to recoup the $400,000 already spent to develop the redevelopment plan. This would have put the question of redevelopment before the voters during the November elections.
Members of the now defunct SHRED group (Save Hangtown from Redevelopment and Eminent Domain), who had collected the 1,087 signatures protesting redevelopment that resulted in a referendum to block it, were ...