Flood Control Zone 8 was formed in the early 1950s to provide funding for construction and maintenance of regional drainage infrastructure in the Rodeo Creek watershed. It initially provided, from a portion of the ad valorem property tax, local matching funding for a joint District / Army Corps of Engineers project extending from the mouth of the creek up to Highway 80.
Prior to the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, Zone Boards, which consisted of representatives from the watersheds, adjusted the tax rates of each Flood Control Zone annually. When Proposition 13 came around, several of the zone facilities were constructed, maintenance was up to date and there was enough money in the funds to set the tax rate very low or at zero. Upon passage, Proposition 13 froze those tax rates, in effect shutting off the tax revenue needed to adequately fund the maintenance of the Zones’ flood control facilities.
Special District Augmentation Fund
The State responded by setting up the Special District Augmentation Fund. This fund provided assistance for many years until the Fund was removed from the State budget during a State budget crisis. Today the several Zones remain severely underfunded. The District is actively seeking ways to compensate for lack of funding for maintenance.
In the Rodeo Creek Watershed, the District has partnered with the CCC Redevelopment Agency, the Muir Heritage Land Trust, and the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District on a watershed-wide visioning process. The end result, expected in the fall of 2008, will be a comprehensive, consensus-based watershed vision document that can serve as a blueprint for future creek enhancement and funding efforts.