NO on Prop 3: Water Bond

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It is essential that California manage and develop water resources in ways that benefit the environment, and that the environmental focus emphasizes both conservation and use-appropriate high water quality standards. However, this bond is not the way to accomplish those goals.

While the League of Women Voters of California supports the use of long-term debt (bond measures) to finance capital projects, this measure has a number of fatal flaws, including:
● Shifting the cost for water from the end users to California taxpayers;
● Reducing state money available for other critical state programs like education, affordable housing, and healthcare;
● Failing to provide for adequate project oversight and financial accountability.

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To promote a better understanding of California’s water issues and complexities, we offer background on California’s water resources, the demands on these resources, and the state’s current approach to water management.
Voters are likely to be faced with more large water bonds in future elections. Yet making informed decisions on these investments in managing California’s water resources are difficult given unclear answers to key questions such as:
• How should limited and unpredictable supplies be allocated among competing demands?
• Who is responsible and accountable for managing water supplies and quality?
• How much will it cost to ensure safe and reliable supplies for the public and environment?
• Who should pay?