AENR Bill of Interest
August 18, 2016
Stormwater Fees and Charges
SB 1298 (Hertzberg) – Support in Concept
As Amended August 11, 2016
SB 1298, by Senator Hertzberg, would amend the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act’s definition of “sewer” to include storm drainage. The intent of this measure is to clarify the statutory authority of cities, counties, and local water agencies to finance storm water projects within the strict requirements for transparency and accountability of Proposition 218.
CSAC has expressed a “support in concept” position to this measure because it is consistent with our efforts to develop solutions that provide local agencies with the needed flexibility to enact funding mechanisms that will enable them to improve water supply reliability and maintain water quality for public and environmental health. SB 1298 is currently pending on the Assembly Floor.