During the November 8, 2016 Special Municipal Election, Culver City residents voted on Measure CW, the Clean Water, Clean Beach Parcel Tax. The results are as follows: YES - 73.82%; NO - 26.18%. Funds raised by Measure CW will be used for improvements in water quality in Ballona Creek, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. Measure CW required approval by 2/3 of those voting on the measure to pass.
Need for Measure CW
Dangerous bacteria, pesticides, toxic chemicals, oil and grease, trash and other pollutants are deposited on our roadways and flow into Ballona Creek, Marina del Rey, and the ocean through our storm drains, by rain, and other runoff water. These pollutants harm fish and wildlife, cause illness and infections for swimmers and surfers, and make beaches unsafe and unsightly for families and visitors. The State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards have implemented very strict pollution reduction regulations for storm water runoff. These regulations require the City of Culver City to develop and implement programs to reduce and prevent water pollution.
Purpose of Measure CW
Measure CW establishes an annual Clean Water, Clean Beaches Parcel Tax in the City of Culver City. Measure CW was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Culver City to create a dedicated source of funding to pay for water quality programs that will prevent pollution from reaching our waterways, beaches and the Ballona Creek Estuary. Measure CW required approval by 2/3 of those voting on the measure.
Cost of Measure CW
$99 annually per single family residential parcel
$69 annually per multi-family residential dwelling unit
$1,096 annually per acre of land or portion thereof for non-residential
Each parcel owner of a non-residential property will be taxed $1,096 per acre of land (or portion thereof) annually. The $1,096 will be pro-rated for non-residential parcels less than one acre. For example, a non-residential parcel of one-half acre will be taxed $548. Land owners are taxed, not individual businesses located on the non-residential property. For larger parcels with multiple tenants, the land owner will receive one bill based on the size of the parcel, not the tenants.
Tax-exempt parcels will not be charged. Charges will first appear on the tax statements in fall 2017. Measure CW is expected to generate about $2 million per year. All Measure CW money will be used here in Culver City to reduce water pollution.
Use of Measure CW Funds
Measure CW funds will be placed in a special Clean Water, Clean Beaches Fund, and funds must be used exclusively for reducing and preventing water pollution and managing storm water and urban runoff. The Financial Advisory Committee will oversee how the funds are spent.
Important Information on Measure CW
Enhanced Watershed Management Programs and Coordinated Integrated Monitoring Plans
Marina Del Rey
City Contacts for Measure CW
Kambiz Borhani, CPA, CGMA Assistant Chief Financial Officer - (310) 253-5865