Who Willl Foot the Bill for CA's Flood Plan?

Tens of billions of dollars are to be side aside for a plan to protect against flooding of the San Joaquin River basin. Cities wonder if this "broad road map" is enough to protect those truly at risk, and, of course, who pays for it.

"Overall, the state and federal governments each would provide $6 billion to $8 billion over the next 25 years. Another state bond would be floated. Local agencies - many of them dealing with depleted budgets and struggling residents - would pay $1 billion, a steep sum.

'It is reasonable for local agencies to pay some,' said Dante Nomellini, a Stockton attorney who represents districts that maintain local levees. 'But you've got to have the ability to pay. You can't squeeze blood from a turnip.'"

Full Story: Billions of questions: State unveils flood disaster plan, but who gets the bill?
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