By Jen Kinney.
A proposed Sacramento streetcar line — 20 years in the making — just got a $30 million boost from the state of California, reports KCRA 3, that will fund about 20 percent of the $150 million project. The federal government would foot half of the bill for the 3.3-mile line connecting West Sacramento and midtown, with the rest coming from the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento and from Sacramento County.
Last year, downtown and midtown Sacramento voters rejected a plan to tax property owners about $30 million to cover the city’s portion. Council Member Steve Hansen said this week that “over two-thirds of the property owners voted in favor of it, but the people within three blocks of it, the actual residents, got the vote.” City officials told the Sacramento Bee in April that they will attempt a vote on streetcar funding again this fall, but with some key differences. It will be a smaller ask — about $15 million total — and will likely tax only business, not residential, properties.
While city planner Fedolia Harris said that “the details are still being worked out,” the paper also reported that officials plan to focus on larger property owners. Last year several large downtown landowners — including hotel owners and the Sacramento Kings — indicated in a nonbinding vote that they would be willing to pay a property assessment to help fund the streetcar. The proposed line would stop atGolden 1 Center, where the Kings play, and at some big hotels downtown, in addition to City Hall, the convention center, and other major destinations.