Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

Jan 11, 2013

A beach closed sign warns against contam

A beach closed sign on October 9, 2010 in Malibu warns against contaminated water due to rain runoff. Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

The LACFD is proposing an annual fee to help pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff.  Toxins, sewage and debris ranging from plastic water bottles to soccer balls regularly find their way Southern California’s beaches and oceans through L.A.’s waterways after a heavy rain. The fee would be based on the size of an owner’s land parcel; homeowners would be assessed approximately $54 a year, city parks around $600 and elementary schools around $8,000.

The LACFD estimates the parcel tax would raise around $275 million a year, which would go towards various cleanup projects. Cities, homeowners associations and school districts have voiced opposition to the proposal. The county Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing on Tuesday,and is expected to decide soon on whether to issue a special ballot asking landowners to vote on the measure.


Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fourth District

Molly Peterson, KPCC reporter

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