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Third Attempt at a Water Tax Dies
Other Funds Available for Disadvantaged Communities
Senate Bill 845 (Monning), a last-minute twist on the proposed statewide water tax, died on the last day of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session. In 2017, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) advanced SB 623 to create a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. While such a fund is good, a statewide water tax as its funding mechanism is bad. In 2018, the Brown Administration proposed a budget trailer bill, which was rejected by the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee that instead set aside $23.5 million for safe drinking water. In the June election, California voters supported Proposition 68 with its $250 million in general obligation bond funds for safe drinking water, which are prioritized for disadvantaged communities.
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