ACWA President Urges Members to Support Campaign Against Proposed Drinking Water Tax

  • by Brent Hastey
  • Feb 16, 2018
  • Voices on Water

The Brown Administration and the proponents of SB 623 (Monning, D-Carmel) are seeking to impose a new tax on drinking water through a budget trailer bill in the State Legislature. The proposed tax, which would be paid by both residential and business customers, collected by local water agencies and sent to Sacramento, would establish California’s first tax on drinking water. We should not tax a resource that is essential to life. This tax also would set a precedent for future taxes on urban and agricultural water use.

ACWA needs all of our member agencies to continue advancing a better solution and help stop the proposed tax. As ACWA’s new President, I urge ACWA member agencies to get involved in this effort. The intent behind SB 623 and the budget trailer bill is to fill gaps in funding for disadvantaged communities (DACs) and low-income residents without access to safe drinking water. As Chair of ACWA’s DAC Drinking Water Initiative Task Force, I completely understand this critical problem. Some DACs and low-income residents in some areas of the state do not have access to safe drinking water. This should be unacceptable for all of us. This is why ACWA agrees with the intent behind this effort but not with the approach. ACWA is advancing a more appropriate and responsible funding solution – a balanced funding package comprised of continuing federal safe drinking water funds, voter approved general obligation bond funds, the assessments related to nitrates proposed by the Brown Administration and some funding from the state’s general fund.

Earlier this week, ACWA distributed an Outreach Alert to ACWA members with requested actions to continue to build our oppose-unless-amended coalition and share our concerns regarding the new budget trailer bill vehicle with legislators, the public and the media. ACWA’s effectiveness in opposing the proposed tax on water will heavily depend on the success of our renewed campaign.

Please sign onto ACWA’s coalition letter, if you have not yet done so. You can be added to it by contacting ACWA State Relations Analyst Melissa Sparks. Please also review the Outreach Alert and take the immediate actions as requested using the tools provided.

This is one of the most important efforts undertaken by ACWA and our member agencies in recent years. ACWA member agencies and ACWA staff are working hard to better educate the Brown Administration and the State Legislature, but considering the negative consequences of this proposed tax and the dangerous precedent it could set, we must do much more. That is where your action will make a crucial difference.

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
Coalition Letter: Request to Advance Wildfire Legislation

To: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and Leader McCarthy Subject: Coalition Request to Advance Wildfire Legislation Letter excerpt: […]

Coalition Letter: Advance Clean Fleets Workshop

Agency: California Air Resources Board Subject: Coalition Comments on the September 18, 2020 Advanced Clean Fleets Workshop Letter excerpt: The signatories […]

2020 Summary of Legislation

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

2020 Summary of Appellate Cases

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Amicus Curiae Letter Requesting Depublication of Malott v. Summerland Sanitary District

To: California Supreme Court Subject: Request for Depublication of Malott v. Summerland Sanitary District (2020) _Cal.App.5th_ [2020 WL 6128117] (Case No. […]

Comment Letter: At Risk Assessment 2.0 for Public Water Systems

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board Subject: ACWA and CMUA Comments regarding Draft Final White Paper Discussion on Evaluation of Potential Indicators & […]

Property Tax and Reserve Funds

Property Tax and Reserve Funds policy principles document includes information on the following: Property Taxes Reserve Funds Specific Policy Principles […]

Letter to Gov. Newsom on Roadmap to Achieving the Voluntary Agreements

To: Governor Newsom Subject: Roadmap to Achieving the Voluntary Agreements Letter excerpt: As the State continues to overcome a myriad of immediate […]

A Roadmap to Achieving the Voluntary Agreements

“A Roadmap to Achieving the Voluntary Agreements” provides an urgent call to action to re-engage the state on the Voluntary […]

Amicus Curiae Letter in Support of Rate-Setting Case

To: California Supreme Court Subject: In Support of Petition for Review Coachella Valley Water District v. Superior Court of the […]

Federal Regulatory Issues Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Comment Letter: Draft 2020 Agricultural Water Management Plan Guidebook

Agency:  California Department of Water Resources Subject: Comments on the Public Review Draft of the 2020 AWMP Guidebook Letter excerpt: The […]

Comment Letter: Urban Water Management Plan Guidebook 2020

Agency:  California Department of Water Resources Subject: Urban Water Management Plan Guidebook 2020 – Comment Letter Letter excerpt: The Association […]

Comment Letter: Draft Cost Methodology for Public Water Systems & Domestic Wells

Agency:  State Water Resources Control Board Subject: ACWA and CMUA Comments regarding Draft White Paper Discussion On: Long Term Solutions Cost […]

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
EVMWD Further Postpones Rate Increase to April 1

To assist customers financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) will further delay the pending […]

Board Approves $26 Million Budget for 2021

PALMDALE – A $26.24 million budget for calendar year 2021 was adopted with a 5-0 vote by the Palmdale Water […]

ACWA and Partners Urge Congress to Act on Wildfire Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ACWA, in coordination with several associations, water agencies, and counties, sent a letter today to Congressional leaders […]

ACWA Virtual Fall Conference Features Water Leaders and Experts

SACRAMENTO – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) will host its 2020 Fall Virtual Conference & Exhibition on Dec. 2-3 […]

Orange County Water District Retains ‘AAA’ Fitch Rating for 13 th Consecutive Year

FOUNTAIN VALLEY–The Orange County Water District’s (OCWD; the District) commitment to sound financial management was reaffirmed when Fitch Ratings assigned […]

EMWD and You: Working Together for a Healthy Sewer System

PERRIS — November 19, 2020, is World Toilet Day which was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of […]

EMWD Hosts Virtual State of the District

PERRIS — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today hosted its virtual State of the District event to provide key stakeholders […]

ACWA News Available for Nov. 20, 2020

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Member Spotlight Nov. 2020: Alameda County Water District Working Within Broad Collaboration to Restore Bay Area Steelhead Runs

Collaboration among ACWA member agency Alameda County Water District (ACWD), a construction firm and environmental groups has secured $2 million […]

Fall Conference Builds on Summer’s Virtual Success

You will not want to miss ACWA’s 2020 Virtual Fall Conference & Exhibition for a long list of reasons, including […]

Faces of Water: Peter Henrie

  1. Describe your job. I operate the 35 million-gallons-a-day Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant and manage the distribution […]

Yuba Water Sues State Water Board

MARYSVILLE – Yuba Water Agency filed lawsuits in both federal and state court Nov. 13 to challenge the water quality […]

Region’s Water Quality Celebrated by Switchfoot Musician Jon Foreman

As part of its campaign to promote the quality of local water supplies, the San County Diego Water Authority and […]

McMullin Area GSA Video Provides Narrative for Achieving Sustainability

The McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA), in collaboration with J Comm, Inc., have created a visually engaging video highlighting […]

Yuba Water invests approximately $1 million to reduce flood risk, other improvements

MARYSVILLE– Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today approved approximately $1 million in grants for flood risk reduction, water quality […]