Stormwater Parcel Tax on Hold

16 Jan
Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing  [PDF, Item #40] earlier this week for the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Fee, a proposed parcel tax on to mitigate stormwater runoff pollution in the county.  The revenue would be used to capture, filter and reuse stormwater before it ever makes it to a sewer. Single family homes would pay around $50 annually, but parcels with large portions of pavement  (think parking lots, big box retailers, schools) stand to pay a lot more.  The hearing comes just a few days after a Supreme Court ruling allowing the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to temporarily avoid responsibility for the high levels of water pollution found in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers. After hours of testimony from concerned property owners, elected officials, and school board representatives, the supervisors decided to continue the hearing until March 12, 2013 and directed their staff to explore other possible ways to raise the money needed for stormwater runoff control.

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