While the District agrees with the goal of assisting disadvantaged communities that do not have safe drinking water, SB 623 has several fundamental flaws related to funding categories, eligibility and State Water Board authority, as detailed by the Association of California Water Agencies. Additionally, if language proposing a statewide tax or fee on water, also known as a public goods charge, is amended into the bill as planned, SB 623 would become completely unacceptable to public water agencies.
While there is clearly a need to help fund sensible long-term solutions and assist disadvantaged communities that do not have safe drinking water, a tax on local water bills is not the solution. Layering a tax on water bills in order to send money to Sacramento, where a portion will be carved out to fund administration, is not efficient.
If you would like more information regarding this Senate Bill download the PDF or go to the California Legislative website.SB623
If you would like to read the Opposition letter please download the PDF below.SB623 Opposition Letter.pdf