California Water Districts Might Skirt Prop 13 to Fund $25 Billion Canal Plan

Californians who take low property taxes and high quality drinking water for granted might have reason to rethink both those realities if the state's water districts figure out a way to raise property taxes—the same might be true if they don't.
July 25, 2014, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes -- and possibly raising them without a vote of the public -- to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta," reports Paul Rogers.

What about the two-thirds voter approval required to raise property taxes in the state? "[Some water districts] say they were given the authority to raise property taxes to pay for the State Water Project, a vast system of dams and canals, in both a 1959 law and a year later in a statewide ballot measure. And those predate Proposition 13."

The Santa Clara Valley Water District and the Metropolitan Water District (in Southern California) are two of the districts that are considering their tax authority, according to the Rogers article.

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Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in San Jose Mercury News
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