California Proposition 1E, Flood Control and Drinking Water Structures (2006)

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California Proposition 1E was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was approved.

Proposition 1E authorized the State of California to sell $4.09 billion in general obligation bonds for various flood management programs. The specific flood management projects to be administered using Proposition 1E funds were:

  • State Central Valley Flood Control System and Delta Levees: $3 billion. ("To evaluate, repair, and restore existing levees in the state’s Central Valley flood control system; to improve or add facilities in order to increase flood protection for urban areas in the state’s Central Valley flood control system; and to reduce the risk of levee failure in the Delta region through grants to local agencies and direct spending by the state.")
  • Flood Control Subventions: $500 million.
  • Stormwater Flood Management: $300 million.
  • Statewide Flood Protection Corridors and Bypasses: $290 million.

Election results

Proposition 1E
Approveda Yes 5,305,852 64.2%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006. Legislative Bond Act.


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The question on the ballot was:

"Should the state sell $4.1 billion in general obligation bonds to finance disaster preparedness and flood prevention projects at the state and local levels?"


The official summary provided to describe Proposition 1E said:

  • This act rebuilds and repairs California's most vulnerable flood control structures to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods, and mudslides.
  • Protects California's drinking water supply system by rebuilding delta levees that are vulnerable to earthquakes and storms.
  • Authorizes a $4.09 billion dollar bond act.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • State cost of about $8 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($4.1 billion) and interest ($3.9 billion) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $266 million per year.
  • Reduction in local property tax revenues of potentially up to several million dollars annually.
  • Additional unknown state and local government costs to operate or maintain properties or projects acquired or developed with these bond funds.



  • Henry Renteria, Director, California Office of Emergency Services
  • Michael L. Warren, President, California Fire Chiefs Association
  • Linda Adams, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency

Arguments in favor

  • Protects drinking water
  • Safeguards against floods
  • Prevents ocean pollution
  • Prevents loss of homes/lives


The primary donors to the campaign in favor of a "yes" vote on Proposition 1E were:[1]

  • Rebuilding California, Yes on Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E: $9,235,090
  • Citizens for Responsible Election: $30,000
  • CMTE For California Future: $29,500
  • Total: $9,294,590



  • Thomas N. Hudson, Executive Director, California Taxpayer Protection Committee

Arguments against

  • Would result in a tax increase
  • Not fiscally responsible
  • Federal funding is the answer
  • Not a priority

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 1E on the ballot via Assembly Bill 140 of the 2005–2006 Regular Session (Chapter 33, Statutes of 2006).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 62 9
Senate 36 1

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