Urge a NO vote on SB231

By Lea Dowell Williams
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CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE ON MONDAY MORNING AND URGE A “NO” VOTE ON SB 231.
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Senate Bill 231 is set for a Monday, June 19, vote in the Assembly, and if it becomes law, new multi-billion-dollar stormwater projects will be billed to property owners as if they were household sewer projects–a massive new add-on tax to property tax bills that will NOT GO ON THE BALLOT FOR VOTER APPROVAL.
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How much will it cost? The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments estimated that the ANNUAL cost added to the property tax bill for EACH PARCEL could be $1,400. That’s EVERY YEAR.
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And all because this bill, SB 231, redefines the word “sewer” to include “stormwater,” even though the California Court of Appeal said it doesn’t.
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CALL YOUR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVE FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING AND URGE A “NO” VOTE ON SB 231.
The house you save may be your own.
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Here’s the link to look up the names and contact info for California lawmakers: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Please share this post with everybody who needs to know about it, before it’s too late.
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And here’s a column about Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s prior attempt to ram this catastrophe through the legislature last summer:
http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20160809/lawmakers-word-games-could-send-your-money-down-the-storm-drain-susan-shelley
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Lea Dowell Williams Lives in Simi Valley

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4 Responses to Urge a NO vote on SB231

  1. Sheryl June 19, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Check status …

    https://openstates.org/ca/bills/20172018/SB231/

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  2. Ronald L. Lyons June 19, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Examining the language in Senate Bill 231, demonstrates the liberal interpretation allowed by our out of control Legislature. The last sentence is especially chilling to property-owning tax payers. It reads in part:
    …Consistent with this decision, “sewer” should be interpreted to include services necessary to collect, treat, or dispose of sewage, industrial waste, or surface or storm waters, and any entity that collects, treats, or disposes of any of these necessarily provides sewer service…
    ‘Industrial waste’ on my household sewer tax assessment?
    That will never stand up in court!

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  3. Ronald L. Lyons June 19, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Examining the language in Senate Bill 231, demonstrates the liberal interpretation allowed by our out of control Legislature. The last sentence is especially chilling to property-owning tax payers. It reads in part:
    …Consistent with this decision, “sewer” should be interpreted to include services necessary to collect, treat, or dispose of sewage, industrial waste, or surface or storm waters, and any entity that collects, treats, or disposes of any of these necessarily provides sewer service…
    ‘Industrial waste’ on my household sewer tax assessment?
    That will never stand up in court!

    Reply
  4. Ronald L. Lyons June 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Your article reminded me of the storm drain in the back of my property. If I’m going to be taxed on that as a sewer it will hard to pay an additional tax because the storm drain is huge. The last rain filled it to the 4 ft. brim

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