California voters will be asked to respond to a familiar topic on the November ballot when they face a water bond.

Proposition 3 calls for the state to authorize nearly $9 billion in bonds to cover water and environmental projects throughout the state.

PROPOSITION 3 FAST FACTS

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

  • YES vote on this measure means: The state could sell $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and environmental projects.
  • NO vote on this measure means: The state could not sell $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and environmental projects.

FISCAL IMPACT

  • Increased state costs to repay bonds averaging $430 million per year over 40 years. Local government savings for water-related projects, likely averaging a couple hundred million dollars annually over the next few decades.
  • Ballot impact data and vote text from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office

READ THE PROPOSED LAW

The dozens of projects cover everything from maintenance, to capturing wastewater, to even dredging rivers.

  • $2.495 billion: Watershed lands, aimed at protecting, restoring and improving the health of watershed areas to increase the amount and quality of water.
  • $2.13 billion: Water supply, work to improve and increase drinking water, water recycling and water conservation.
  • $1.44 billion: Fish and wildlife habitat, improving habitats for fish and wildlife, including restoring streams and wetlands to more natural conditions.
  • $1.227 billion: Water facility upgrades, including repairs and connections to existing dams, canals and reservoirs.
  • $1.085 billion: Groundwater, cleanup, recharging and managing.
  • $500 million: Flood protection, expansion of floodplains and reservoir repair.

2018 CALIFORNIA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

  • PROPOSITION 1
    Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 2
    Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals With Mental Illness. Legislative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 3
    Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 4
    Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 5
    Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 6
    Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • PROPOSITION 7
    Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 8
    Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 9
    Removed from the ballot
  • PROPOSITION 10
    Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 11
    Requires Private-sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on-call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute.
  • PROPOSITION 12
    Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.


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