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Water woes may lead to property tax hikes without voter permission

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Trucks filled with agricultural products cross a bridge over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan has two "co-equal" goals that are at odds -- restoring the ecosystem while protecting water deliveries to Central Valley farms and Southern California’s growing population. Mae Ryan/KPCC

The continuing water woes in California have officials looking for ways to improve the state's water infrastructure.

One idea that's been on the table for years is a pair of underground tunnels to carry water under the delicate Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But with a $25 billion price tag, it's bound to be a hard sell for California voters.

So water districts around the state are floating the idea of raising property taxes to fund the project without a public vote. To tell us more, Paul Rogers of KQED Science and the San Jose Mercury News joins Take Two.

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