Santa Clara Valley Water District asks voters for $682 million parcel tax for floods, dams, environmental projects

The Mercury News

After years marked by a historic statewide drought and devastating floods around downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County’s largest water provider has decided to ask voters to approve a parcel tax to pay for a wide variety of projects, from flood control to creek restoration, along with some costs of rebuilding the county’s largest dam at Anderson Reservoir.

The measure, called the “Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program,” will appear on the November ballot across Santa Clara County. It would make permanent an annual tax of $67.67 per home that voters approved in 2012 and which is scheduled to expire in 2028. But it needs a two-thirds majority, and potential opposition from some environmental and taxpayer groups could make the vote close.

“This a renewal with no tax increase of an existing measure,” said Gary Kremen, a member of the water district’s board. “It will keep our creeks clean, protect us from drought, and help reduce the risk of floods.”

The water district, a government agency based in San Jose, provides drinking water and flood protection to 2 million people in Santa Clara County.

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