Last Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an important water quality initiative that will appear on the ballot in the November 2018 election. On a four to one vote, the Safe, Clean Water Program is a public funding measure that could raise $300 million a year for local nature-based stormwater capture and treatment projects. Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the only no vote.
The measure would allow the county to levy a tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of “impermeable space” on private property. Government buildings, public schools and nonprofit organizations would be exempt. According to the county, tax revenue estimated to amount to $300 million per year would be available to fund construction, operation and maintenance of projects that collect, clean and conserve storm water. The average tax for a single-family house would be $83.
With several new taxes on the ballot this fall, voters will need to choose wisely
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