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California Proposition 13, Bonds for Water Infrastructure (2000)

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This article is about a 2000 ballot proposition in California. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 13.
How Proposition 13 funds were allocated
California Proposition 13 was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was approved.

It authorized a $1.97 billion bond to "improve the safety, quality, and reliability of water supplies, as well as to improve flood protection." Of the $1.97 billion, $250 million was dedicated to carrying out the CALFED Bay-Delta plan.[1]

From 1975-2000, California voters had approved about $425 million of general obligation bonds for similar purposes. In June 1999, all but about $11 million of the bonds authorized by the previous water-related bond acts had been spent or committed.[1]

Election results

Proposition 13
Approveda Yes 4,745,872 64.8%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Bond Act.


The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General read:

  • This act provides for a bond issue of one billion nine hundred seventy million dollars ($1,970,000,000) to provide funds for a safe drinking water, water quality, flood protection, and water reliability program.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 13. That estimate was:

  • State cost of up to $3.4 billion over 25 years to pay off both the principal ($1.97 billion) and interest ($1.4 billion) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $135 million per year.
  • Potential costs of an unknown amount to local governments to operate or maintain projects developed with these bond funds.

Campaign spending

Financial supporters of Proposition 12 radically outspent opponents. $3,964,862 was spent in favor, while there was no opposition campaign.

Financial supporters included:

Path to the ballot

Proposition 13 was voted onto the ballot by the California State Legislature via Assembly Bill 1584 of the 1999-2000 Regular Session (Chapter 725, Statutes of 1999).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 68 11
Senate 30 6

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