$4 Billion Parks, Wildlife, and Water Bond Passes Legislature
September 20, 2017
SB 5 passed both houses of the Legislature on the final day of the legislative session. The bill was recently amended to increase funding levels for water-related projects, bringing its total from $3.997 billion to $4 billion. If signed by Governor Jerry Brown, the bond will appear on the Primary Election Ballot in June 2018.
The bond would provide significant funding for parks, water and wildlife conservation in areas across the State. SB 5 was a top legislative priority of State Senate Leader Kevin DeLeón and includes funding for the creation and expansion of parks in park-deficient communities and for programs to improve access to California’s outdoor recreational opportunities. The measure also contains significant funding for water quality improvement projects and wildlife protection.
Of special note to counties, the bill includes $18 million in available grant funding for improvements to county fairgrounds and $30 million for counties and regional park and open space districts to make park improvements. The measure also provides up to $200 million in available funds for flood protection and repair that can be used for stormwater projects.
We have drafted a basic outline of the bond for review.
CSAC has not taken a position on this measure yet. We will take the measure up for consideration once it qualifies for the ballot.