No Water Tax Feb 23, 2017 Extensive public investments in water infrastructure – from reservoirs to pipelines to water treatment plants – allow safe water to flow reliably to the vast majority of homes, businesses, and schools throughout the state. However, this is not the case for some Californians who live in rural, low-income communities that do not have access to safe drinking water. This is unacceptable, and the situation will worsen without a strong state commitment. ACWA has made it a high priority to develop effective solutions and advance sensible funding strategies to address this important social issue. However, an effort in the Legislature to impose California’s first statewide tax on drinking water is NOT the right solution. ACWA strongly opposes the funding proposal outlined in last year’s SB 623 (Monning) and the current Brown Administration budget trailer bill. ACWA is working on all fronts to advance a more appropriate package of funding solutions for this key issue for California. Resources No Water Tax Video (February 2018) ACWA’s Proposed Funding Package (February 2018) Drinking Water Tax Oppose-Unless-Amended Coalition In the News 2018 “Act now, water tax still alive in Sacramento,” Valley Roadrunner, Gary Arant, April 13, 2018 “Mesa Water opposes statewide drinking water tax,” Daily Pilot, Jim Atkinson, April 12, 2018 “Truckee-Tahoe Water agencies opposed statewide drinking water fee,” Truckee-Sun, Justin Scacco, April 12, 2018 “Why a tax on drinking water is wrong,” San Diego Union-Tribune, Bill Pommering, April 6, 2018 “My Turn: Fighting proposed water tax,” Village Life, Jim Abercrombie, March 28, 2018 “Little support for state water tax,” Idyllwild Town Crier, JP Crumrine, March 20, 2018 “City of Fresno joins voices against drinking water bill,” Valley Public Radio, Kerry Klein, March 16, 2018 “Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight,” The Orange County Register, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal, March 9, 2018 “Citrus Heights Water District Board Opposes Senate Bill 623,” Rocklin and Roseville Today, Feb. 28, 2018 2017 “Sacramento sets its eye on taxing our drinking water,” The Orange County Register, Assembly Member Phillip Chen, Aug. 31, 2017 “Viewpoint: New water tax wrong way to fund clean water for all,” Desert Sun, Kathleen Tiegs and Brent Hastey, Aug. 30, 2017 “Imposing a tax on water users not the solution: Letters,” Daily Bulletin, Luis Cetina, Aug. 30, 2017 “Wash our hands of the statewide water tax,” The Acorn, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Aug. 30, 2017 “Local water officials object to proposed state ‘water tax’,” Rancho Santa Fe Review, Joe Tash, Aug. 29, 2017 “Gulp! State Senate may tax drinking water from tap,” Idyllwild Town Crier, Aug. 29, 2017 “After drinking water, will California tax air?,” NewsMax, Michael Reagan, Aug. 29, 2017 “Oppose new tax on water,” Ventura County Star, Glen Peterson and Charles Caspary, Aug. 28, 2017 “Proposed tax not the way to provide safe, reliable water,” The Press Enterprise, David J. Slawson and Paul D. Jones II, Aug. 28, 2017 “Creating new statewide tax on water is bad policy,” East Bay Times, John Coleman, Aug. 28, 2017 “Last-minute water tax can’t be justified however worthy the cause,” The San Diego Tribune, Aug. 25, 2017 “Opinion: Taxing water wont make it more affordable,” Times of San Diego, Mark Muir, Aug. 24, 2017 “First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California,” The Mercury News, Katy Murphy, Aug. 23, 2017 “A statewide tax is an unfair way to safe drinking water,” Sacramento Bee, Kathleen Tiegs and Brent Hastey, Aug. 18, 2017 Questions Media inquiries and members questions about member tools and resources should be directed to ACWA Director of Communications Heather Engel at (916) 441-4545. For questions about ACWA’s position on SB 623, or opposition to a statewide tax on water, please contact ACWA Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations Cindy Tuck at (916) 441-4545.