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Santa Clara County Measure S: Safe, Clean Water And Natural Flood Protection Program

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Santa Clara County Measure S asks voters to renew the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. This program was originally passed overwhelmingly in 2012 by voters of Santa Clara County. 

The program was developed with input from 16,000 residents of the community, and has several priorities. These include ensuring a safe, reliable water supply, reducing toxins, hazards, and contaminants in the waterways, protecting the water supply from earthquakes and natural disasters, restoring wildlife habitats, and offering flood protection to homes, businesses, schools, and highways. 

The program is watched over by an independent monitoring committee that reviews the program’s progress annually. Since 2012, the program is being funded by a parcel tax on residents. This measure would renew the parcel tax without increasing rates, averaging $0.006 per foot annually.

This measure is endorsed by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, and is opposed by the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County.

If you support a parcel tax that will renew the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program to ensure public health and safety, vote yes. If you don’t support this, vote no.

Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.