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HANFORD – Now that a massive project to raise a flood protection levee around Corcoran is almost complete, who's going to pick up the estimated $11 million tab? 

That question could move one step closer to being answered Tuesday.

The Kings County Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing to receive public comment on a proposed assessment roll for property owners in the Cross Creek Flood Control District, which is responsible for the protective levee around Corcoran.

The report establishes different zones of flood control benefit in the Corcoran area based on high or how low the elevation of the property is.

The three independent commissioners who prepared the report came up with a weighted property value based on which zone the property is located in.

If the report is approved Tuesday, the next step is to calculate the total cost of the levee-raising project, according to Dustin Fuller, Cross Creek Flood Control District manager.

The district launched the project a few months ago to protect the town against potential Tulare Lake flooding that, so far, has not happened.

The project has been paid for with government-issued IOUs.

Fuller said district officials have yet to decide how many years they want to take to pay off the debt.

Then they can come up with how much money will be tacked onto owners' annual property tax bills in order to pay off the debt.

Property owners will have a chance to vote on whether to approve the amounts.

Fuller said individual owners will be asked to pay an amount proportional to the value of their property.

Supervisors meet Tuesday in board chambers at the Kings County Government Center, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd.

The public hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The reporter can be reached at snidever@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2432. 

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