Governor Signs Bill to Provide Tax Savings for Water Conservation

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The following was a statement released by Senator Steve Glazer after SCA 9 was signed by Governor Brown and will appear before voters on the June 2018 ballot.

Voters will have opportunity to approve SCA 9 on June 2018 ballot

SACRAMENTO – I want to thank Gov. Jerry Brown for signing SB 558, which allows the Secretary of State to place my rainwater recycling measure on the June 2018 ballot.

The measure, SCA 9, would allow property owners to install rainwater capture systems without triggering a reassessment of the value of their property and an increase in their property taxes. It is modeled after a similar exclusion that helped the solar industry get off the ground back in the 1980s.

If approved by the voters, this rainwater recycling measure could play a key part in California’s overall strategy of conserving our most precious resource, water.

Boom and bust cycles of rain may be the new norm as we face the disruptive power of climate change. Conservation and water storage are key elements of allowing California to thrive despite these future difficulties.

It is my hope that small scale water storage systems will follow the path of rooftop solar systems that allow property owners to save money and contribute to the conservation of finite resources.

Rainwater capture systems collect, store and use rainwater for landscape irrigation and other non-potable uses. The rainwater is collected from various surfaces such as rooftops and other man-made aboveground hard surfaces. It is estimated that a rainwater capture system can collect 10,000 gallons annually from 1,500 square foot roof in a moderate rainfall region.

Gov. Brown said it best in his recent State of the State address: “As the climate changes and more water arrives as rain instead of snow, it is crucial that we are able to capture the overflow in a timely and responsible way. That, together with recycling and rainwater recapture, will put us in the best position to use water wisely and in the most efficient way possible.”


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  1. Seriously? What a waste-no pun intended. I doubt anyone was actually worried about triggering a re-assessment from capturing rain water.

    More useless NANNY legislation by out of touch CALIFORNIA legislators. Note to Steve Glazier: We have plenty of useless laws already on the books. How about taking off your liberal mittens and doing something worthwhile.

    • Another plus one for well said. We need to get this idiot out of office too. He hasn’t done a thing except flap his lips. Never walks his talk.

  2. It’s not a law. I’m all for a tax break for saving water. My biggest concern is Miskito breading in these storage tanks.

  3. It’s not a law. I’m all for a tax break for saving water. My biggest concern is Mosquito breading in these storage tanks.

  4. Simon, I don’t know how familiar you are with legislation, but if approved this becomes a law.

    “The measure, SCA 9, would allow property owners to install rainwater capture systems without triggering a reassessment of the value of their property and an increase in their property taxes.”

    Miskito or Mosquito……….it’s a law dude.

  5. What RAIN WATER are they talking about? We’re due for another drought! The snow pack in the Sierras is at it’s lowest and no snow in sight. You want more water for residents? Then discourage more people from moving here. This area can only hold so many.

  6. Another plus one for well said. We need to get this idiot Glazer out of office too. He hasn’t done a thing except flap his lips. Never walks his talk. I doubt any capturing system would be so expensive as to trigger a reassessment. Lameness to the tenth power. Stop building ugly stucco houses. You can’t even see the hills any more at San Marcos. Horrible what they’ve done. These crap homes only last about 10 years and Toscana is just flat out ugly. No grocery stores or other services are ever built. Horrible poor quality stucco and paper thin sheetrock. How do they pass inspection? Oh yeah, they are all on the take. Contra Costa was pristine before See no. Now look at it.

  7. Another plus one for well said. We need to get this idiot Glazer out of office too. He hasn’t done a thing except flap his lips. Never walks his talk. I doubt any capturing system would be so expensive as to trigger a reassessment. Lameness to the tenth power. Stop building ugly stucco houses. You can’t even see the hills any more at San Marcos. Horrible what they’ve done. These crap homes only last about 10 years and Toscana is just flat out ugly. No grocery stores or other services are ever built. Horrible poor quality stucco and paper thin sheetrock. How do they pass inspection? Oh yeah, they are all on the take. Contra Costa was pristine before See no. Now look at it.

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