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Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

Significant water infrastructure investment proposal gets first hearing – Monday January 26

AWC has been engaging for several months with a group of legislators and stakeholders who are pursuing a large water infrastructure investment package focused around water supply, flood control and stormwater. AWC has approached this idea with an appreciation for the need to make large investments in infrastructure, and concerns about ensuring equity in how funds would be raised and spent. We have concerns that this latest proposal still appears to raise the bulk of its funds in the incorporated areas of the state while providing most of the beneficial investments elsewhere. But we look forward to understanding this better and discussing whether changes could be made that would make this more attractive to the cities around the state.

This proposal is funded by a per-parcel water quality fee as outlined below.

For residential parcels and undeveloped parcels the rate is:

  • $35 for parcels less than or equal to one acre
  • $60 for parcels greater than one acre and less than or equal to five acres
  • $90 for parcels greater than five acres

For nonresidential developed parcels the rate is:

  • $125 for parcels less than or equal to one acre
  • $250 for parcels greater than one acre and less than or equal to five acres
  • $375 for parcels greater than five acres and less than or equal to 10 acres
  • $500 for parcels greater than 10 acres

Property owners who own multiple parcels are taxed differently than the above, and parcels that are classified as designated forest land and timber land, and agricultural land in counties not served by irrigation districts are exempt from the fee.

The proposal will be the subject of a public hearing on January 26 at 3:30 in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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