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File #: 19-1172    Version: 1 Name:
Type: External Affairs Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/4/2019 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 12/10/2019 Final action:
Title: Opportunities to Enhance and Update the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program by Evaluating a Future Funding Measure.
Attachments: 1. *Supplemental Agenda Memorandum, 2. *Supplemental Attachment 1: Voter Survey Results
BOARD AGENDA MEMORANDUM


SUBJECT:
Title
Opportunities to Enhance and Update the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program by Evaluating a Future Funding Measure.


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RECOMMENDATION:
Recommendation

A. Receive information on opportunities to strengthen and update the existing Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program;
B. Receive information on the feasibility of developing and placing a future funding measure on the November 2020 ballot;
C. Receive information of next steps towards developing a future funding measure and program, which will be brought to the Board for consideration in 2020; and
D. Provide staff direction on considerations and next steps for developing a funding measure to continue and extend an existing special parcel tax for continued funding of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program for potential placement on the November 2020 ballot.


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SUMMARY:
Overwhelmingly approved by voters, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water Program) is a 15-year strategy to ensure uninterrupted water resources services in Santa Clara County. The program was developed through community collaboration and input from residents and stakeholders that identified five top community priorities:

Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply
Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards, and Contaminants from our Waterways
Priority C: Protect our Water Supply from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters
Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide for Open Space
Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Business, Schools and Highways

In November 2012, Santa Clara County voters passed the Safe, Clean Water ballot measure by nearly 74%, extending the funding at the same parcel tax rate approved under the previous Clean, Safe, Creek and Natural Flood Protection Plan (Clean, Safe Creeks Plan).

Currently, the Safe, Clean Water Program special parcel tax includes six (6) tiered rates tha...

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