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CPUC to Consider Changes to Water Utility Rate Structures

On August 27, the California Public Utilities Commisison (CPUC) will meet to vote on a proposal affecting private investor owned water utilities and the rates they may charge customers, including special districts. The proposal before the CPUC would eliminate the practice of “decoupling”...


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Significant Win for Local Agencies in Supreme Court Proposition 218 Case

On August 3, the California Supreme Court issued a noteworthy decision for special districts that collect property-related fees and charges, such as water rates and utilities fees. The unanimous opinion in Wilde v. City of Dunsmuir held that water rate charges and utility fees are not ...


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Statewide Park Program Grant Funding Information and Deadline

With $393.3 million available, December 14, 2020 is the deadline to apply for the fourth round of grant funding through the Statewide Park Program (SPP). This funding is established through Proposition 68, or the 2018 Bond Act, and is ultimately a continuation of funding that was first made...


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As the State Legislature and Congress Wrap Up, What’s at Stake for Special Districts?

With just over a month left in the 2019-2020 California State Legislative Session ending on August 31, 2020 at midnight, many logistical questions about how the Legislature will operate are left unanswered. The Legislature will reconvene on July 27 th to act on hundreds of pending bills, many...


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CSDA Opposed Legislation Fails Passage

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee held its “Suspense File” hearing. The Suspense File includes all fiscal bills with an annual cost of more than $50,000. Suspense File bills are considered at hearings in each house and no testimony is presented – author or witness. During this...


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HR 7073 Federal Advocacy Update for June 16

As effects of COVID-19 continues in the U.S., so does CSDA’s push to secure special districts’ inclusion in federal pandemic relief for state and local governments. HR 7073, the Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act , was introduced June 1. Since then, 23 members of...


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2020 Census Deadline Extended

The 2020 Census is available to be filled out and is crucial to determining the federal funding received in local communities. In response to COVID-19 the census has moved the deadline for self-responses from July 31st to October 31 st , allowing more time to respond online, by phone, or by...


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Garamendi Introduces “Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act” for Districts’ Access to Federal COVID-19 Relief

Special districts’ federal advocacy has led to a U.S. House bill addressing special districts’ COVID-19 relief needs. Congressman John Garamendi introduced H.R. 7073, the “Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act,” and did so following special districts’ communicating the need to his...