Help save California water.
Californians must learn to live in our new reality of boom-and-bust cycles of rain and drought.
One way to limit the effects of drought is through the installation of rainwater recycling systems.These systems collect, store, and reuse rainwater for landscape irrigation and other uses.
Yes on Proposition 72 will prevent a property tax increase on homeowners who install rainwater recycling systems that benefit our entire state.
“Proposition 72 is one of the easier questions on the June 5 ballot. Homeowners should be rewarded, not penalized, for collecting the rainwater that falls on their roofs and for using it on their landscaping to save precious tap water…Vote yes.” — The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
“The state allows other upgrades like solar panels or fire sprinklers a pass on higher assessments. Saving water in an often-parched state should qualify too. Vote Yes.” — The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board
“Vote Yes on Proposition 72, a rare piece of bipartisan tax relief out of Sacramento.” — The Orange County Register Editorial Board
“Californians have demonstrated the ability to be conservation-minded citizens when given the opportunity. Proposition 72 eliminates a tax penalty for home owners trying to help the state conserve water. Vote yes on June 5.” — The Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards
“Homeowners who install systems to capture rainwater – and irrigate lawns and gardens with it – should be encouraged.” — The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board
“Water is a precious resource and California needs to use it wisely. Prop. 72 offers a chance to save large volumes of water, and The Press Democrat recommends a yes vote.” — The Press Democrat Editorial Board
More water. Less taxes.
Eliminating the tax penalty for Californians who install systems to store and reuse water off our roofs will save more water for all of us and can lower water bills for millions of Californians. It preserves precious drinking water for California residents and enables us to use less water from our lakes, rivers, and streams, helping fish and wildlife that depend on fresh water for their habitat and food.
Australia has experienced severe drought and successfully embraced rainwater recycling systems as part of their solution. Currently, one-third of Australian homes capture rainwater from their roofs. California can do the same.
California voters approved similar tax reform to encourage the installation of solar panels. A Yes vote on Prop 72 would allow us to do the same thing for rainwater recycling systems. It is unfair and unwise to raise taxes on Californians who recycle rainwater from their roofs in order to conserve our drinking water.
Stop the unfair tax on water conservation and vote Yes on Prop 72!