Should State Earmark Billions for Water Projects Every Year? Voters Could Decide in 2022

GV Wire

A proposed ballot measure aims to increase spending for California’s storage and supply of clean, safe drinking water.

The proposed Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022 would allocate 2% of the state’s general fund every year to invest in California’s sustainable water supply without increasing state taxes.

California voters could see the proposed measure on the ballot as soon as the November elections in 2022.

California’s general fund for 2021-22 totals $196 billion. Thus, if the act were in place, it would set aside about $4 billion annually for sustainable water supply efforts. And that funding could be leveraged to attract dollars from the federal government or be combined with state water proposition funds that are unappropriated.

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