As reported in the Sacramento Bee, the efforts voters approved are good, but only increasing the flood protection to 200 years—less than New Orleans when Katrina hit—is not doing enough to protect Sacramento when the gold standard for cities next to majo rivers is 400-500 year protection (see the graph at the Department of Water) and this can only be obtained by construction of Auburn Dam .
An excerpt from the Bee article.
Homeowners living in Sacramento’s flood plains have approved a property tax increase that will upgrade levees and bring the region into accordance with flood control standards.
This spring, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency sent out approximately 160,000 ballots to property owners who live near the region’s waterways and are at risk from flooding. More than 45,000 ballots were returned, an agency official said Friday. Of those, 75 percent were cast in support of raising property taxes, passing the measure.
The new assessments will be collected annually for a 30-year period, beginning in 2017. On average, property assessments for single-family homes will increase the first year by $42.