New water bond to be on the ballot

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 15, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A last minute push to meet a looming deadline brought democrats and republicans up and down the state to support a new $7.5 billion water bond. The Governor quickly signed the bill and now voters will make the final decision when they go to the polls in November.

The main points of contention included the total size of the bond, with the Governor committed to a smaller bond than the over $11 billion measure that was agreed upon in 2009. Funding for projects to increase water supply through storage was important to republicans and central valley democrats and environmentalists are opposed to including a tunnel as proposed in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. As a result, two storage projects may be built with $2.7 billion of the bond amount, and the bond is “tunnel neutral”. Pressures stemming from the current drought and concerns about declining groundwater quality were also factors driving legislators to get this deal done.

Broad agreement was crucial because replacing the existing 2009 bond required a 2/3 vote of the legislature, while only a majority vote would have been required to simply delay the more expensive bond to a future election.

The CMTA Board of Directors will consider a position on the bond soon.  

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