Safe, Clean Water Program
This property tax of 2.5 cent per square foot of impermeable surface area would raise approximately $300 million annually to capture and treat stormwater in order to increase water supply and improve water quality. The tax would be in place until voters choose to end it. L.A. County is facing a federal Clean Water Act water quality mandate and could face steep fines if not in compliance, though this measure encompasses additional elements that go beyond what is necessary for the mandate.
Bottomline: The Chamber initially expressed deep concern and asked for a delay until 2020. The County worked with us to make the proposal much better for business by including a robust credit program for property owners who have already done work to capture and treat stormwater and by elevating the importance of mandate compliance in the program language. These important changes moved the Chamber to a NEUTRAL position.