Tracking the proposed water tax
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) regularly follows proposed legislation that could affect the District and its customers. One of the bills we have been following is Senate Bill 623, which would establish, for the first time, a statewide tax on drinking water.
Money generated by the tax would go in to a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to upgrade water systems in about 300 communities where water doesn’t meet public health standards. Most of those systems are privately owned and in rural, disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley.
EVMWD has opposed the water tax proposal—unless amended—because we do not believe that a tax is a sustainable approach toward resolving the serious and ongoing issue of water accessibility. The tax would raise about $110 million per year. For EVMWD customers, the tax would be 95 cents per month, added to their monthly bills. Businesses would contribute up to $10 per month, and fees would also be imposed on fertilizer and dairies. EVMWD and other water providers would collect the tax and forward it to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in Sacramento. The tax could increase annually at the discretion of the SWRCB.
EVMWD supports an alternative to SB 623, Assembly Bill 2050 the Small System Water Authority Act of 2018, to develop and propose an alternative that would rely on funding sources other than a tax on water while also increasing oversight of these failing water systems. This legislation seeks to merge multiple small water systems that don’t meet drinking water standards into larger systems that can operate together at a lower cost. By merging, they would have better financing opportunities, including access to state grants and municipal bonds.
Get the facts at www.watertax.org
AB 2050 – Small System Water Authority Act of 2018
AB 2050 – Small System Water Authority Act of 2018 Fact Sheet
SB 623 – Drinking Water Tax
ACWA Memo to Legislators
ACWA Coalition Letter in Response to SB 623 Budget Trailer Bill
SB 623 and Budget Trailer Bill Summary
The clock is ticking, and legislators will soon vote on your behalf. Do you know how your legislator will vote on the water tax (SB 623), and how their vote will affect you and your family?
Jeff Stone (R)
Lake Elsinore, Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Wildomar.
State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA 95814
PH: (916) 651-4028
FAX: (916) 651-4928
25186 Hancock Ave., Suite 320
Murrieta, CA 92562
PH: (951) 894-3530
FAX: (951) 894-3536
State Assembly Representative:
Melissa Melendez (R)
Lake Elsinore, Lakeland Village, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, Temescal Valley,
Murrieta, Hemet, El Sobrante, Perris, Winchester, & Woodcrest
State Capitol, Suite 6031
Sacramento, CA 94249
PH: (916) 319-2067
FAX: (916) 319-2167
41391 Kalmia Street, Suite 220
Murrieta, CA 92562
PH: (951) 894-1232
FAX: (951) 894-5053