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New deal between city and county agency benefits law enforcement

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:01:42 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 05 2013 09:23:57 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The City of Anderson and Shasta County have arranged a new deal that could bring in money, help law enforcement, and potentially make Shasta County a safer place.

The City of Anderson wants to annex about 385 acres of county land on the east side of Interstate 5, the opposite side from the outlets. Some may remember it as Roseburg Lumber Mill.

The plan is to turn the property into a retail center.

County supervisors unanimously agreed to enter into a tax-sharing agreement Tuesday; future sales tax from any business at the site would be split between the City of Anderson, and Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

The city would get 80% and the sheriff’s department would get 20%.

The Anderson Vice Mayor Debe Hopkins says the agreement will benefit the city, and that it’s only fair the county should get a share.

“It’ll be good for the county because it will go to public safety, and as we all know, with AB109 and the overcrowding, we need more money in public safety in the county.”

It could be an even better deal in the future.

Any future property tax growth would be split evenly.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department says they’re over-taxed as is, and this deal could eventually help out county law enforcement.

Shasta County Supervisor Leonard Moty says he hopes this is the start of a trend with other cities in Shasta County.

“Both sides were willing to negotiate and come up with a compromise we can both live with. I think that just speaks well of the whole community, that our officials can come together.”

The Anderson City Council is expected to approve the agreement at tonight’s meeting.