California Proposition 1E, Flood Control and Drinking Water Structures (2006)
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.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
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.
- 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:
- 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
- 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|
- Official Proposition 1E voter guide
- PDF of the mailed November 7, 2006 voter guide for Proposition 1E
- Proposition 1E in the Smart Voter Guide (dead link)
- Analysis of Proposition 1E (dead link) from the Institute of Governmental Studies
- Guide to Proposition 1E from the California Voter Foundation
- Summary of donors to and against 1E from Cal-Access
- Donors for and against Proposition 1E from Follow The Money
- Official declaration of the November 7, 2006 ballot proposition election results
- San Diego Union Tribune, "Proposition 1E needed to fix levees, backers say; foes blast bond's cost," October 26, 2006