Posted July 17th, 2018 | Status:
LA County Board of Supervisors Approves
Stormwater Parcel Tax for November 2018 Ballot
With at 4 – 1 vote, Supervisors Kuehl, Solis, Ridley-Thomas, and Hahn supported the motion to put the “Safe, Clean Water Program” (SCWP), a never-ending stormwater parcel tax on this November’s ballot. Supervisor Barger voted in opposition based on the fact that this program goes well beyond federally mandated stormwater compliance. Los Angeles County is currently considering increasing multiple business fee’s and will be voting on other potential parcel taxes soon. The County must practice good governance and shouldn’t put additional burdens on LA County employers and residents.
Because of BizFed’s advocacy, the approved SCW program is more accommodating to our membership than originally proposed. However, in light of the measure not having a master plan for the watershed areas, including commitments to projects with costs, timelines and anticipated results, BizFed felt it was absolutely critical to offer the voters and taxpayers a dusk clause that would reduce the tax after 30 years to eventually cover operations and maintenance. Currently, this tax will go on forever with no guarantees of what it will fund.
Furthermore, the approved program requires home and property owners who are already cleaning up and capturing their stormwater to pay engineers to certify the work every two years. This is too onerous and costly and waters down the credit program.
Ultimately, there is no guarantee to the voters of what this will even fund.
When the voters know this, it won’t pass in November.
BizFed cannot afford a “TRUST ME” tax, nor can Los Angeles County voters.
Special thank you to the following BizFed members who showed up today and expressed your positions:
Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic
Southern California Gas Company
Southern California Edison
Watson Land Company
Building Owners & Managers Association
Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors
Arcadia Association of Realtors
Glendora Association of Realtors
Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality
The Building Industry Association – LA/Ventura
Union Pacific Railroads
Santa Clarita Chamber
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Southern California Partnership for Jobs
League of California Cities