County Accepting Clean Water Tax Protests by E-mail

The proposed parcel fee would is intended to raise $295 million to help clean up the county's water sources and waterways.

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District announced Tuesday that it is accepting protests by email from property owners who wish to oppose a proposed fee to clean up county waterways.

The proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure would raise $295 million annually for cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County to clean up the region's rivers, lakes and beaches, protect public health and safeguard local sources of drinking water. It would do so by imposing a fee for storm water runoff on owners of residential and commercial properties in the county.

More than 50  percent of property owners would need to protest the measure to keep it off the ballot.

There was enough opposition for the initial proposal, that the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted to rework the proposal 3-2 during a Jan. 15 meeting.

The Board of Supervisors has extended the protest period to March 12.

Protests must be received by then and must include:
   -- the parcel's address;
   -- the assessor's parcel number;
   -- the name of the parcel owner; and
   -- the signature of the parcel owner or an authorized representative.

Owners may use a protest form provided at lacountycleanwater.org or submit a letter and email it to WQFI.Info@dpw.lacounty.gov. Only scanned or photographed email protests with a handwritten signature will be accepted

Protests can also be sent by mail to the Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors at Post Office Box 866006, Los Angeles, CA 90086 or hand- delivered to the third floor of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration at 500 W. Temple St.

There is no need to resubmit protests already mailed or otherwise delivered.

Only one protest will be counted for each parcel.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said during her State of the City speech this week that Monrovia has joined 45 cities in the county to lobby for "a more responsible Stormwater Permit that makes sense for cities."

"Stormwater is an important issue in maintaining our water quality," Lutz said. "By focusing on allowing more water to go back into the ground and not downstream, we can create more groundwater and develop Monrovia's own natural resources. Without funding, it will take all of us working together as a community to address this issue."

More information on the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure is available online at lacountycleanwater.org or by calling (800) 218-0018.

Jill Pyeatt February 01, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Please act on this and register your protest. We can't afford to be taxed and taxed for everything. The proposal is very vague and open-ended. If there were specific projects with fixed costs, that might be worth considering, but that's not the case here.
Jill Pyeatt February 01, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Kate K. February 01, 2013 at 07:13 PM
We also can't afford to have our children and ourselves consuming food and water from a polluted aquifer, which the flood basins drain into. If we the people don't pay to clean up our own messes, who will??? I'd rather have less money now than poorer health now and for generations.
Chris Ziegler February 02, 2013 at 01:13 AM
My biggest concern with this program is that we are looking at this problem with too narrow a scope: Essentially, cleaning the water means removing pavement and adding naturalized surfaces, i.e.mulched planters so that naturally occuring bacteria can break-down the toxins before they enter our waterways. If you look at the newly reconstructed segment of Rosemead Bl (a mile or so south of the 210) you can see a sample of the greening; look for a planter adjacent the cutaway curbing to allow the water runoff to enter the soil. With foresight, this could have been a mulched pathway which is known to be kinder to our bodies than a cement sidewalk. In Monrovia, our water cleaning projects could also help increase our parks, add pleasant looking chicanes/roundabouts and the like - all the while reducing the amount of pavement that needs to be maintained, ultimately, saving us money in the future. Now what scares the daylights out of me is that Flood Control is involved in this show: Quick reminder; flood control lied to the public in numerous ways * so they could bulldoze a very rare wildland in Arcadia and turn it into a regional dump site. So with such a dishonest history, I'd only feel comfortable with a detailed plan on the table, first. * Understating existing debris waste handeling capabilities and hiding reasonable alternitives such as using the water channel as the debris hauling route out of the residential area


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