State Proposes Tax on Drinking Water

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- It’s an essential element of life, and that’s the problem. Senate Bill 623 proposes a tax on drinking water. The goal is to mitigate the impacts of drinking water use on watersheds. The concept being that those who pollute should also pay.

The trouble is, local agencies think the tax will only exacerbate what is already a high cost of living in the golden state.

In a letter to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District General Manager writes, “We wholeheartedly support the goal of ensuring safe drinking water for all Californians, especially those in disadvantaged communities. However, taxing Californians for something that is essential to life does not make sense, especially at a time when some are raising concerns about the cost of living in the state.” 

The Board of Supervisors did discuss the bill, and hear from the water district today.