Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) praises the defeat of SB 845 (Monning), which would have created a new statewide opt-out water mandate in an attempt to fund safe drinking water programs.
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“Water is essential to life – it shouldn’t be taxed. This bill would have taken advantage of ratepayers and destroyed the transparency and openness between water agencies and their customers while also making water more expensive statewide. Thousands of agencies would have been forced to completely overhaul their billing system, exhausting resources that are already limited.
“Local water agencies and districts shouldn’t be forced to comply and operate under a system they’re not equipped for. Everyone wants safe drinking water, but this approach would have proved counterproductive and would have resulted in more challenges than benefits.”
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.