We’re going west today to Sacramento, California, where the results of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency’s (SAFCA) special assessment election are due. Ballots were mailed in March to approximately 140,000 property owners in Sacramento and Sutter counties asking whether they would be willing to pay a higher assessment tax to finance municipal flood protection initiatives. Why is this important? In our Feb 1 posting we cited the list from the Army Corp of Engineers showing that 127 levees across the U.S. are at risk of failing. Well, of those 127, some 36 are located in the district of Sacramento – that’s nearly one third. If voted in, the assessment would raise $326 million over 30 years and help pay for $2.7 billion in flood improvements, including raising and strengthening levees on the Sacramento and American rivers. The improvements would bring the region up to 200-year flood protection. Check out further information from the I.I.I. on flood risk and flood insurance, and also from the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC).