Picture this: You make a turn onto a country lane that follows the Stanislaus River. The road has cracks, potholes and sags, but the country homes, trees, hills and river make it a pleasant drive.
A couple of miles down, the road leaves the river and you enter a new world. Mansions on large parcels surround you with grandeur and opulence. Among the trees and orchards are huge homes with three- and four-car garages and even a castle. Most of this magnificent buildup has happened in the past few years. However, the most significant transformation was the new road built last fall for this western section of Rodden Road. The roadbed is wider, smooth as silk, with aprons for each driveway or exit and even curbs in select sections.
Since we have had a little rain, heavy equipment was out repairing and grading the road banks in this select section of Rodden Road. The eastern section of this road has not been graded or reworked in many years.
Do property taxes earn special treatment for county roads in Stanislaus County, or is it that this road is the northern boundary for the country club?