What would it take for El Dorado Hills to become a city?

[KCRA, Emily Maher]

Some El Dorado Hills residents are working to turn their town into a city.

The area is currently governed and serviced by the county.

About two dozen people attended an informational meeting Thursday to ask questions about what it takes to become a city.

KCRA 3’s Emily Maher spoke with Steve Ferry, the El Dorado Hills man leading the charge for city hood.

Ferry said if the request for city hood is approved by the county and a local commission, the measure will be placed on a ballot, where voters will have the final say. He said the process could take several years.

Ferry breaks down what needs to happen before the issue reaches the ballot below:

Q: Why are you seeking city hood for El Dorado Hills?

Ferry: We’ve come up with the idea that we operate much better here, where we’re local and have, say, five members of a city council who actually understand what’s going on right here, as opposed to Lake Tahoe or Camino or Placerville, deciding what ought to go on here.

Q: Will taxes go up if El Dorado Hills becomes a city?

Ferry: Generally speaking, taxes don’t go up. That’s one of the misnomers that goes, "Oh, your taxes will go up."

No, the exact same taxes that are paid now to the county will be paid to the city. The city will have what’s called a revenue neutrality agreement, which means we pay the county for having put in the off-sites, if you will, in El Dorado Hills. And then, that will go on for many, 10 years, and then we’re done.

We just basically keep our own money.

Q: What needs to happen to become a city? Will this head to the polls?

Ferry: We go through two major organizations.

One’s El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission, LAFCO. We have to provide a very expensive EIR (environmental impact review). We’ll spend about half-a-million dollars on that. We’ll need to raise that money. We’ll do that on a grassroots level. We’ll do it through a GoFundMe account, believe it or not.

Because I don’t think the people of El Dorado Hills want developers to spend their money to put this on the ballot. We want to be independent of that. We’ll still deal with developers, of course. They’re part of our community, part of our chamber and all that stuff.

But, we want the people of El Dorado Hills to decide that they want this.

Q: What happens when the EIR is finished?

Ferry: It goes to LAFCO. They will analyze it and see if we can actually pay the bills, if they approve us for doing this.

Then, the county would have to approve us for the same thing.

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