San Joaquin County supervisors will decide their priorities on Tuesday for any available state and federal money that would help finance various transportation and public works projects in 2013 and 2014.
Requests could include levee flood protection, preservation of agricultural land in the Delta, the preservation of Medicare and MediCal programs, safety improvements for Highway 4 west of Stockton and Stockton Metropolitan Airport and San Joaquin General Hospital.
The Board of Supervisors will prioritize which projects to submit to the state Legislature and the federal government. County Administrator Manuel Lopez recommends the following:
- $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 protection valued at almost $800,000 and provides 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 MediCal 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 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 the county lists them, according to county Legislative Coordinator Elena Reyes.
For example, the county lists Delta levee protection higher in priority than airport improvements, but the Delta doesn’t involve transportation money like the airport would, Reyes said.
Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the board chambers, 44 N. San Joaquin St., sixth floor, Stockton.
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