City Hood for
El Dorado Hills!
Why City Hood for
El Dorado Hills?
Why the citizens of El Dorado Hills (EDH) want to become a city? First, most of the new citizens don’t know that EDH is an unincorporated area of the county. EDH is presently governed by representatives from South Lake Tahoe, Placerville, Shingle Springs, South County, and one from El Dorado Hills.
So, why become a city? The answers include More Control Over Housing, The Specific Plan, Money and Schools, not to mention wide host of additional benefits…
The County’s west slope, including El Drorado Hills, is anticipating a total allocation fof 4,994 housing units. The RHNA allocation for the west slope could potentially be reduced accordingly if El Dorado Hills was currently an incorporated City.
SACOG Staff determined the cast majority of MTP?SCS growth anticipated for El Dorado County between 2016 and 20135 is located in El Dorado Hills Geographic Area as depicted below:
What is City Hood?
What is city hood? City hood is a process of incorporating a community into an official city. There are many benefits that are tied to becoming a city:
SERVICES: Incorporations can be proposed to improve local public services.
REVENUES: Incorporation may be proposed to capture increased revenues to support local services.
LOCAL CONTROL: An incorporation may be proposed to give a community more local control over land use, growth, planning policy and other governmental activities.
REPRESENTATION: Incorporations may also be proposed to create a politically accountable governing body (a city council) in a limited geographic area.
Why Become A City? Why Now?
I have been asked many times the question; What motivates me to have EDH become a city? First I will tell you why. I have been involved with local jurisdiction issues for many years having served on the City of San Jose’s Housing Task Force and their Water Task Force and then the EDC Housing Task Force in 2004 and on to working on the General Plan Update until 2013 when our work was confirmed by the EDC Board of Supervisors.
Now we have a moment to create a city and I want everyone to know that I am not doing this to promote myself. In fact I will not run for Mayor or for the City Council. I only want to create this city and watch it be the City on the Hill. Knowing as much as I do, or as little, I have been able to watch the county struggle through its governmental responsibilities. EDC as it applies to EDH is broken. Here are a few examples of its shortcomings.
- Costco is coming and we have to be on the ballot by November 2024 so that the tax revenue accrues to the new city and not the county.
- EDH roads are in bad shape and a great percentage of our roads are maintained by our HOA’s which should leave plenty of money to take care of our roads but those funds go east to Tahoe.
- EDC does not stand responsible for damage to our cars because of their failure to maintain our roads.
- Check out the Hwy 50 EDH Blvd Interchange. No Landscaping because the county did not put landscaping in the bid. The only way to get landscaping is to create a city.
- Let’s go to the EDHCSD, a county agency, and their $43,000,000 reserve. Tell me about the last parks they built, or gymnasium or pool.
The Story Of Sandy Springs, GA could be the Story of El Dorado Hills, CA.
Local Control Leads To
- Local Control
- Voice in the Government
- Local Money spent in the City
As a result, Emergency Services, Local Facilities, Tax Dollars, Cleaner Streets, Paved Roads, Public Parks, Traffic Management and many other benefits emerged.
10 Benefits Of City Hood
- Sister City’s from numerous international cities
- Finish the Costco Project EDH 52
- Receive 100% of all taxes from SVI.
- Fire Department continues to be paid from Prop 13 receipts.
- EDH City Council decides on roads priority
- EDH to negotiate with CALTRANS over Hwy 50 EDH Blvd Interchange Landscaping
- We have as many law enforcement officers as we care to pay for.
- Local City Council Members that we will be able to know and see around town
- We can attend local City Council meetings and not have to drive to Placerville.
- Each EDH City Council Member will have their own Planning Commissioner.
Paid for by Steve Ferry For CSD Director
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