By City Manager, Wade G. McKinney
In June 2011, the State Legislature passed legislation that will cause the elimination of all redevelopment agencies in California and the transfer of our local property tax revenue to the State. The League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association filed a lawsuit with the California Supreme Court challenging that the Governor’s and Legislature’s actions were unconstitutional based on the passage of Proposition 22 passed in November 2010. On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court upheld the State’s desire to eliminate redevelopment agencies.
We were surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision. This is another serious blow to Atascadero. Most all of the new commercial development, Lake Park improvements, and downtown beautification have been funded by the Redevelopment Agency. The solutions will not be easy. The immediate loss will be difficult, but over time we will work together and get through this.
What does the elimination of our Redevelopment Agency mean to Atascadero? The Atascadero Redevelopment Agency generated approximately $3 million annually. The following list is just a sampling of what this revenue has been used to accomplish:
Redevelopment funds have employed hundreds of people in Atascadero and greatly improved our infrastructure within the Redevelopment Agency, and for that we are grateful. The elimination of the Redevelopment Agency will require that we adjust the way we conduct business. The City of Atascadero, along with its citizens, has already been facing hard economic times and this latest blow from the State is challenging, to say the least.
I will keep the community informed on our progress of creating solutions and action plans for Atascadero’s recovery from this unfortunate situation we find ourselves in. For more information, please contact my office at 470-3400, or email me at
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Address: 5599 Traffic WayPhone: (805) 470-3360Fax: (805) 461-7612Website: www.atascadero.org/communitycenter
Address: 9315 Pismo AvePhone: (805) 461-5005Fax: (805) 461-5026Website: www.paviliononthelake.com
Address: 9305 Pismo AvePhone: (805) 461-5080Fax: (805) 461-7625Website: www.charlespaddockzoo.org
Address: 8005 Gabarda RdPhone: (805) 461-5000Fax: (805) 461-5022Website: www.atascadero.org/wwtp
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