Mike Rogge

Service to disadvantaged communities

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, April 8, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The last four years of drought has brought to light the problems faced by low economic communities in obtaining a sustainable, quality water supply. Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) authored SB 1318 to prohibit a city or district from extending drinking water wastewater infrastructure or services to projects or developments outside its current service area until it has entered into an enforceable agreement to extend those services to all disadvantaged communities within or adjacent to its sphere of influence.

While the project or developer requesting annexation and services would pay for their own connection costs, SB 1318 does not provide any funding source for the water or wastewater provider to accomplish the connection to a disadvantaged community. CMTA believes it would be unconstitutional to require the project or developer to pay these costs.

If this bill is signed into law, new developers would avoid seeking annexation or extension services from an existing provider and would opt to form their own water district. The result would be a proliferation of smaller water systems and existing disadvantaged communities will still be left out in the cold.

CMTA is opposing SB 1318, considering that such meddling in service areas won’t help disadvantaged communities and could stifle new housing and employment centers.

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