Property owners in Los Angeles County are receiving notices of a “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” initiative that would increase property taxes by $54 per 5,000 square feet. The proposed tax increase would go to a program that would both boost the local water supply and reduce pollution.
If approved, the plan would raise $275 million per year.
The money would go towards programs that would screen water for pollutants, before it entered the local waterways. The run-off could then be diverted to either a water treatment facility or to wetlands, where toxins could be removed. The runoff could then be allowed to seep into the local groundwater supply, boosting available resources.
However, the notice sent to property owners includes a protest form. Should a sufficient number of respondents protest, the initiative dies automatically.
Read the full story at the Los Angeles Daily News.