New Property Tax to Fund Cleaning Storm Water in L.A. County to Appear on November Ballot

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A 2017 photo shows rainwater on Klump Avenue in Sun Valley, an area prone to street flooding in stormy weather. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A 2017 photo shows rainwater on Klump Avenue in Sun Valley, an area prone to street flooding in stormy weather. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to place a property tax before voters in November to raise money for projects to capture and clean storm water.

The measure would allow the county to levy a tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of “impermeable space” on private property. Government buildings, public schools and nonprofit organizations would be exempt.

Revenue from the tax, estimated to amount to $300 million annually, would fund the construction, operation and maintenance of projects that collect, clean and conserve storm water. The average tax for a single-family house would be $83.

Advocates of the Safe, Clean Water Program say it would improve water quality, enabling cities across the county to comply with federal clean water regulations as well as increase the local water supply.

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