In 1986, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Water Policy and later a Water Implementation Plan along with an expansion of the District Advisory Water Commission (AWC) and the establishment of the Water Resources Coordinator position. These steps toward greater water management were in direct response to growing concerns regarding the County’s ability to sustain its water supply as it faced increased demands in response to increased urbanization and development in addition to continued agricultural activities. At the time, studies indicated that a lack of sufficient surface water supplies led to increased groundwater pumping, which caused a strain on subterranean aquifers. The associated depletion of these groundwater supplies created a heightened concern of increased salinity of groundwater due to salt-water intrusion.
Water Investigation Zone No. 2 (Zone 2) was established as a countywide zone in 1989 with an accompanying assessment. On June 20, 2000, the Board of Supervisors approved the Annual Engineer's Report setting forth the assessment apportionment to all benefiting properties within Zone 2 for fifteen years, commencing in Fiscal Year 2000-2001, and ending after Fiscal Year 2014-2015. On May 1, 2015, San Joaquin County property owners approved a property-related fee in support of the water management efforts funded by Zone 2.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. This is a notice sent to all San Joaquin County property owners regarding a proposed 3% inflation adjustment for the Water Investigation Zone No. 2 Fee (Zone 2 Fee), which is included as part of your property tax bill.
Yes, property owners County-wide are subject to the fee regardless of where they reside.
The Zone 2 Fee rates are based on the size of the property and land use type (whether the property is developed, irrigated, residential, agricultural, commercial or industrial).
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors conducted a Proposition 218 process and established the Zone 2 Fee in 2015 to fund waterrelated programs as outlined below.
The 2015 approval allowed for an annual increase through 2020 based on the Consumer Price Index, not to exceed 3%.
This fee is used to support efforts to carry out the “Strategic Plan to Meet Water Needs” adopted by the Board of Supervisors, which includes the following goals and objectives: Preserve water rights; Manage groundwater in Eastern San Joaquin County; Protect water quality; Maintain and enhance southwest County water supplies; Develop funding programs; and Support watershed education programs.
Yes. The Board has scheduled a public hearing at 9:00 am on June 26, 2019, in the Chambers of the Board, 44 North San Joaquin Street, Sixth Floor, Stockton, CA. Public comments are welcome and are generally limited to 3 minutes per person.
If you have questions, please contact the San Joaquin County Department of Public Works-Water Resources Division at (209) 468-3089 or go to www.SJWater.org.
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