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Formation of special Brickelltown tax district moves forward

Crowds stroll through the Brickelltown district of downtown Truckee last  summer.

Crowds stroll through the Brickelltown district of downtown Truckee last summer.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The formation of a maintenance district to support the Brickelltown revamp has taken another step forward.

On Monday, Truckee Town Council approved rates and the allocation method for a special tax to property owners within the proposed streetscape improvement project.

Based on land use, property owners would pay $0.435 per square foot of building area and/or $1.046 per square foot of sidewalk frontage.

The district would collect about $64,000 annually through the tax, to be used to for snow removal/disposal, sweeping, landscaping maintenance, street lighting and other uses.

“We think it will pay off in the form of a better project that hopefully has a higher degree of acceptance by property owners when it’s implemented.”
Dan Wilkins,
Truckee publid works director

Currently, there are 26 property owners who own the 35 parcels within the project boundaries.

The Brickelltown project calls for streetscape improvements from the McIver Roundabout to the intersection of Spring and Jibboom streets, including burying of utility lines and creating on-street parking.

Cost estimate is $4.5 million, said Jessica Thompson, associate engineer for the town. Improvement funding would come from $6.5 million in former Redevelopment Agency bond proceeds.

On Dec. 4, the town’s Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board will vote on awarding a $748,265, 100 percent design contract award with Reno-based Eastern Sierra Engineering, with a 10 percent contingency of $74,827.

Dan Wilkins, public works director and town engineer, previously explained the design expense is due in part to the high degree of public interaction needed for the project.

“We think it will pay off in the form of a better project that hopefully has a higher degree of acceptance by property owners when it’s implemented,” he said.

Formation of the special tax maintenance district goes to a council vote on Jan. 14, 2014.

If approved, ballots will be sent out to Brickelltown property owners. A two-thirds approval would be needed for the district to pass, Thompson said.

The vote would be certified on March 11, 2014. If the district is approved, streetscape construction could start as early as summer 2014, Thompson said. Work could take two to three years to complete.

Prior to completion, special tax collection would occur, possibly in fall 2015, to ensure maintenance funds are in place.