SAFE, CLEAN, RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY ACT. This act provides for a bond issue of nine hundred ninety-five million dollars ($995,000,000) to provide funds to ensure safe drinking water, increase water supplies, clean up pollution in rivers, streams, lakes, bays, and coastal areas, protect life and property from flooding, and protect fish and wildlife and makes changes in the Water Conservation and Water Quality Bond Law of 1986 and the Clean Water and Water Reclamation Bond Law of 1988 to further these goals. Appropriates money from state General Fund to pay off bonds. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: General Fund cost of up to $1.8 billion to pay off both the principal ($995 million) and interest ($776 million). The average payment for principal and interest over 25 years would be up to $71 million per year.
Legislative Vote Results
Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SB 900 (Proposition 204), Assembly - Ayes, 74; Noes, 4 -- Senate - Ayes, 33; Noes, 4
Popular Vote Results
Y: 6019951; A: 62.9; N: 3560084; B: 37.1
Jim Costa, Chairman, Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee; Stephen Hall, Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies; Gerald H. Meral, Ph.D., Scientist, Planning and Conservation League
Gail Lightfoot, Chair, Libertarian Party of California; Dennis Schlumpf, Director, Tahoe City Public Utility District; Ted Brown, Insurance Adjuster/Investigator, Pasadena
Rebuttal Against Author
Thomas S. Maddock, Chairman, California Chamber of Commerce Water Committee; David N. Kennedy, Director, California Department of Water Resources; Sunne Wright McPeak, President, Bay Area Economic Forum
Safe, Clean, Reliable Water Supply Act. California Proposition 204 (1996).