Proposition 3 authorizes the state to sell $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds for watershed land preservation and restoration, water supply treatment, fish and wildlife habitat preservation and restoration, water facility upgrades, groundwater treatment, and flood protection. The state would pay off $17.3 billion over 40 years.
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- KCET Ballot Brief
- League of Women Voters
- Legislative Analyst's Office
- Project for an Informed Electorate
- Voter's Edge
Proponents of Proposition 3 claim the measure will address help prepare the state for inevitable drought and floods caused by climate change. They say the preservation and restoration,water treatment, system upgrades and flood protection measures are vital for Californians access to clean water.
Opponents of Proposition 3 maintain that the measure is just one in a long line of water propositions which have not addressed the water crisis in the state. They claim the measure will increase taxes in the long run while costing the state billions. They say new dams are vital but the measure will not allocate money for their construction.