San Joaquin County supervisors approved their priorities Tuesday for any available state and federal money that would help finance various transportation and public works projects in 2013 and 2014.
Requests include levee flood protection, preservation of agricultural land in the Delta, the preservation of Medicare and Medi-Cal programs, and safety improvements for Highway 4 west of Stockton, the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and San Joaquin General Hospital.
The Board of Supervisors prioritized which projects to submit to the state Legislature and the federal government. They include:
- $1 million toward levee protection. More than 400,000 residences in San Joaquin County are protected by Delta levees.
- Ensure that the county's agricultural production, valued at almost $800,000 and providing more than $1 billion in additional economic benefit, is not harmed.
- Make sure that any Delta water tunnel protects the Delta economy and agriculture.
- No cuts to Medicare and Medi-Cal to better preserve the county-owned San Joaquin General Hospital.
- $2.4 million to rehabilitate the runway lighting system and reconstruct the terminal aircraft parking ramp at Stockton Metropolitan Airport.
- $5 million to improve Highway 4 from Interstate 5 in Stockton west to the Contra Costa County line.
Federal and state allocations to the county won't necessarily be funded in the same priority order in which the county lists them.
For example, the county lists Delta levee protection as higher in priority than airport improvements, but the Delta doesn't involve transportation money like the airport would.