Next Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Met) — including LA Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP) — will hold a Public hearing to consider suspending the tax rate limitations in Section 124.5 of the Metropolitan Water District Act to maintain the ad valorem tax rate. This is the first step towards raising property taxes to help pay for the Governor’s $50 billion Twin Tunnel project!
The consumer watchdog nonprofit, Food & Water Watch is alarmed that this unelected group of representatives will decide without the public’s knowledge or input whether or not to raise taxes. In general, they believe that the tunnels proposal, under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, is an irresponsible use of ratepayer and taxpayer money that would undermine local and regional efforts to maximize local water supplies. Already, California local water infrastructure projects are drastically underfunded — just this week an EPA survey ranked the state as No. 1 in needing the most repairs. LA has over 1,400 water main breaks every year. These tunnels will do nothing to shore up LA’s dilapidated local infrastructure and it could actually pull funding away from local repairs to cover cost of an expensive conveyance.
Here is additional info about what the Met is up to:
The Met will be meeting at their headquarters, located at 700 N. Alameda St., in Los Angeles, in Room 1-405, at 11:30 am. If you cannot make it then you need to contact the members of the Met’s Board of Directors who represent Orange County:
Yes, this is a collection of hacks and scoundrels but we are stuck with them. We can only hope that they will stand firm against Brown’s boondoggle and any attempts to raise our property taxes!