Each year, the District undertakes a number of large and small projects to:
- reduce the potential for local flooding
- maintain the District’s flood control infrastructure
- preserve the environment
- prepare for each community’s needs in the future
The District receives revenue from a variety of sources and expends funds for a variety of flood control purposes. Any remaining funds are saved in reserves for future projects. When first formed, the District sold bonds to pay for projects and retired those bonds with property tax revenue. Since that time (about 40 years ago), the District has funded projects on a pay-as-you-go basis. This means that periodically reserves will increase significantly to fund very expensive projects.
It is important to note, that generally, revenue generated within a flood control zone, including tax and benefit assessment monies received from properties within each zone, can only be spent within that zone. For details on the monies collected and spent by zone by fiscal year, please review the District’s annual reports.
Taxes: The District receives a very small portion of the one-percent countywide property tax annually. However, a large portion (nearly 40 percent) of these funds are reallocated by law to the state’s Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) – not to flood control projects.
Property Tax assessments are based on predictions of the quantity of stormwater and runoff from each parcel of property. To make these estimates, properties are grouped by land use: (A) commercial and industrial, (B) institutions and apartments, (C) single family and small multiple residential, (d) vacant land used for farming, parks, etc., and (E) vacant land that is undisturbed or used for grazing. The assessment rate-per-acre depends on the land use and the zone in which the property is located. Assessments have not increased since the early 1990s.
Aid from Governmental Agencies: Federal and state grants.
Use of Money and Property: Interest on cash reserves, rental revenue from District-owned property, and reserves used for emergencies, such as major storm damage repairs.
Benefit Assessment Revenue: These assessments, based on land use category and anticipated stormwater runoff from the property, have not increased since the early 1990s.
Other Revenue: Permitting fees paid by developers and builders, among other small sources of revenue.
Clean Water Program: The Flood Control District receives a small amount of revenue from assessments on property within unincorporated Alameda County to cover the costs of the clean water program.
Information Technology Improvements: Hardware and software purchases for District operations.
Administration: Human resources, accounting, and other office services.
Construction and Development: Permitting, technical assistance, and construction for new developments in unincorporated areas. Construction inspection, laboratory testing and contract administration.
Engineering: Design and secure clearance and permitting for construction of new flood control structures or upgrades to existing facilities.
Maintenance and Operations: Maintenance of the District’s vast inventory of infrastructure, and operation of pump stations and other flood control systems.
Clean Water Program: Activities associated with the District’s responsibility as a co-permittee of the regional NPDES permit.