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Manteca keeping fire district whole
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The annexation of the CenterPoint project northwest of Manteca to the city won’t financially hurt the struggling Lathrop Manteca Fire District.

The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve an agreement that would pay the district the current property tax it is receiving on an annual basis for the next 10 years plus the maximum 2 percent increase a year allowed under Proposition 13.

The city will be reimbursed that money by the CenterPoint developers.

Given the fact the assessor the past three years has not made any upward adjustments in value as allowed under Proposition 13 the fire district will actually end up getting more money than if the land remains in its jurisdiction.

The annexation is expected to be finalized in March.

The CenterPoint project consists of annexing 18 parcels comprising 392 acres. It includes general plan amendments that change the designation of a 78-acre parcel north of Lathrop Road from light industrial to general commercial. It also created a tentative parcel map for the development of 273 acres into an intermodal center that will be accessed from Roth Road and Airport Way. It includes a master plan for buildings that have a combined 4 million square feet with 980 parking spaces for truck trailers and 769 loading dock doors.