Proposed Statewide Water Tax
Local, public water agencies are committed to providing safe and reliable water and agree with the intent of the bill. CVWD maintains an oppose-unless-amended position for several reasons, including:
- The state should not tax something that is essential to life, such as water and food. The public does not support the precedent of starting to tax resources that are essential to life.
- The cost of living in California is already too high. Californians do not support a new tax on drinking water.
- A tax on drinking water would work against the goal of keeping water affordable for Californians.
- This new law would turn thousands of local water agencies into tax collectors for the state of California