Should the state borrow three billion four hundred forty million dollars ($3,440,000,000) through the sale of general
obligation bonds for a variety of water projects including coastal protection, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, integrated regional water management, safe drinking water, and water quality?
Authorizes $3,440,000,000 general obligation bonds, to be repaid from state's General Fund, to fund a variety of water projects including: specified CALFED Bay-Delta Program projects including urban and agricultural water use efficiency projects; grants and loans to reduce Colorado River water use; purchasing, protecting and restoring coastal wetlands near urban areas; competitive grants for water management and water quality improvement projects; development of river parkways; improved security for state, local and regional water systems; and grants for desalination and drinking water disinfecting projects.
State costs to repay the bonds, which, if the bonds were issued with a maturity of 25 years, would equal approximately $5.7 billion to pay principal ($3.44 billion) and interest ($2.24 billion), with payments of approximately $227 million per year. The measure would also result in potential costs of an unknown amount to state and local governments to operate or maintain properties or projects acquired or developed with these bond funds.
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- The state could sell $3.44
billion in bonds for water quality,
water supply reliability, and safe
drinking water projects and for
coastal land acquisition and
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- The state could not sell $3.44
billion in bonds for these purposes.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 50:
- YES on 50 keeps clean drinking
water flowing for California's
rapidly-growing population. Prop
50 is a cost-effective approach to
protecting vital water supplies and
our coast. That's why YES on 50 is
endorsed by public health and
safety groups, local water agencies,
businesses and conservation
groups thoughout California.
Full Text of Argument In Favor,
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 50:
- Proposition 50 does virtually
nothing to complete the California
Water Project, or provide us with
new water supplies. It actually
prohibits using bond funds for
building new dams or reservoirs. It
will cost you $5.7 Billion over the
next 25 years. Don't be fooled by
this misleading initiative.
Full Text of Argument Against,
- Contact FOR Proposition 50:
- Californians for Clean Water &
926 J Street, Suite 907
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 50:
- Ted Costa
People's Advocate Inc.
3407 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Secretary of State
Legislative Analysts's Office
League of Women Voters - Analysis
League of Women Voters - Background
KQED Public Broadcasting
California Voter Foundation
News and Analysis
KQED-FM San Francisco Public Radio
North County Times (San Diego)
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