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Water district weighs raising taxes or raising water bills

Original post made on Jan 24, 2019

A long-standing feud over who should pay a $650 million bill for state water infrastructure reared its head Tuesday, as board members of Santa Clara County's regional water district weighed whether to raise water bills or ramp up reliance on property taxes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 24, 2019, 9:19 AM

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 24, 2019 at 12:47 pm

One of the benefits of paying SCVWD even if we don't use their water right now is having a backup, should anything happen to Hetch Hetchy over the coming decades. While a fallback wouldn't be automatic, we'd surely in a better position to claim the right to draw water from county aquifers if we'd been paying into the system all along. With climate change, environmental concerns and population growth all increasing pressure on fresh water resources, trading a potential Plan B away for 37 bucks a year per household seems foolish.

Posted by Jake
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 24, 2019 at 2:49 pm

I had a feeling this would happen. Berkeley just announced they want to eliminate disposable cups. The solution would be to bring your own mug when you get coffee and wash it. Now the water you wash you cup with, they're going to want to tax you on it. It is just going to be an endless cycle.

Posted by Politically Incorrect & Proud of It
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 24, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Politically Incorrect & Proud of It is a registered user.

Self-serving, corrupt bureaucrats will always be self-serving corrupt bureaucrats. Just look at our local governments, school districts, and "Community Colleges". Everyone loses except for the bureaucrats, who have turned local public orgs into criminal enterprises. Should we prosecute them under RICO???

Posted by @Waverly Park
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2019 at 9:23 pm

As to your question: It's doubtful that RICO could be used in this case.

But it's certain that the Russian troll farm you work from should be investigated by the Mueller team.

Posted by Mtviewresident
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2019 at 3:57 am

Mtviewresident is a registered user.

This is beyond ridiculous. The city counsel sells water rights to E Palo Alto in perpetuity for a flat fee. Now, who’s stuck holding the bag?

Sick, sick, sick.

Just how insane are things going to get before someone puts on a thinking cap?

Posted by Jay ess
a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2019 at 9:37 am

If the water is paid for directly the people will conserve. if it is just another item on the tax bill no one will pay that much attention.
Do those who live in multiple unit apartments pay for their own water?
And how about industrial use. will they conserve?
If we have long periods of drought we all may need this water and we.d better conserve as much as we can..

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