We’re not used to Republican elected officials embracing taxes or climate science, but Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado doesn’t really have a choice. His city is barely above sea level and experiences regular flooding without the help of a hurricane.

Regaldo is asking voters to agree to $400 million in bonds (to be paid back with property taxes) in order to pay for things like pumps and sea walls. Actually, only half of the money will go to climate-related projects. The rest will help fund affordable housing and parks.

That seems like a lot of money, but it may be only a fraction of what’s needed. The total bill for what ails Miami could exceed a billion dollars, according to administrators.

Hopefully, as sea levels continue to rise and storms grow more severe, this investment will help the city avoid even greater losses, especially where human life is concerned.