The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a parcel tax that would be put on the ballot next year for voters to approve so that water projects can be funded. The water projects include capturing more rain and percolate it underground so it can be used to augment drinking water supplies. County Public Works projects capture enough rain water to serve the annual needs of 1.5 million residents, but officials think they could double or triple that amount with new projects. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the rain that falls in Los Angeles County is captured to percolate into the ground and recharge aquifers. The planned projects could capture enough water to service almost one-third of the county’s residents.

County officials want to raise the funds with a parcel tax that will be paid by homes and businesses in the county, but they still don’t know how much money they want to raise. The Board of Supervisors’ staff needs to research a parcel tax and report back on it in February 2018. The report would provide the board with the information they would need to determine how much each property owner would be responsible to pay. We will need to wait and see what the report concludes and if voters will actually approve the parcel tax if it makes it to next year’s ballot, but the Los Angeles County would definitely benefit from capturing more rain water.

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