Opinion: Creating new statewide tax on water is bad policy

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While we all agree on the good intentions of SB 623 (Monning) to assist disadvantaged communities with accessing safe drinking water, we can’t agree on imposing a first ever statewide tax on water bills of California homes and businesses.

Taxing Californians for something that is essential to life does not make sense, especially at a time when some are raising concerns about the affordability of water.

Furthermore, the process through which this tax has been proposed is also problematic. Proponents have been planning to insert this tax for months, but kept all details under wraps until the last few weeks of session.

Not only did this preclude the public and advocacy groups from examining the tax and weighing in, but it also prevented proper vetting before all applicable committees. This is a major change to taxation and water policy that warrants thorough policy committee debate and discussions.


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4 Responses to Opinion: Creating new statewide tax on water is bad policy

    JOHN COLEMAN September 1, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Run-away taxation by uncaring, callous politicians has morphed unto a malicious tax beast. We pay more taxes than any other country, more taxes that those early Americans that want to war with their oppressors.

    What next, the push to tax air so we can clean up the environmental mess our species have caused?

      JOHN COLEMAN September 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

      “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”.

  2. September 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Senate bill 623 is from our “representatives” Therefore it is not Tyranny. That’s what a super majority allows Sacramento to do to California taxpayers. Just hope none of the money goes to support the Train to Nowhere.

    JOHN COLEMAN September 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Hold on Larry…. While many of our representatives do work for us, way too many of these opportunist work for themselves and lobbyists. That is fact.

    Some public and elected officials are very good at subverting the American way; e.g., the Project Phoenix financial and political blunder. Three councilmember did not want property owner to have a public vote of a all-told $33, 000,000 debt for taxpayers.

    The County can raise our property taxes most anytime they desire. Cleaver ways are put in place to raise taxes without a vote (fees, assessments, bonds, etc.)

    Yep, this is taxation with representation. Shocking numbers of bureaucrats and elected officials just want the taxpayers to get out of the way.

    “Train to no where” you say? I’d like to buy tickets for a few of those unscrupulous and corrupted representatives in Washington on that” train to no where.”


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