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State bill could make it easier for cities to capture stormwater, so why aren’t taxpayer advocates happy?




The parcel tax pitched by LA county officials would keep stormwater out of the storm sewer system.
The parcel tax pitched by LA county officials would keep stormwater out of the storm sewer system.
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Every year, millions of gallons of uncaptured stormwater go to waste in Southern California.

Senate Bill 231, proposed by California Senator Bob Hertzberg, seeks to make it easier for local governments to raise money to fund projects that capture stormwater, but the idea is running afoul of anti-tax advocates in the state.

Guests:

Robert Hertzberg, California senator (D-Van Nuys) representing District 18, which includes part of Burbank and communities like Granada Hills, and North Hollywood; he is behind Senate Bill 231

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a taxpayers’ rights group