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Wilk water agency bill clears state Assembly

OW Staff Writer | 9/6/2019, midnight
State Sen. Scott Wilk (21st District) has announced..

State Sen. Scott Wilk (21st District) has announced that the Assembly has approved Senate Bill 387 (SB 387), follow-up legislation to SB 634 (Wilk), which created the Santa Clarita Valley regional water district in 2017.

“This measure will save taxpayers money by streamlining how Board vacancies are to be handled,” Wilk said. “SCV Water is off to a great start. It has already saved ratepayers five million dollars in its first year of operation and will be a role model for any new water agencies—which is why it is important to get this right. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support.”

SB 634, which created the regional water district in 2017, requires the board to reduce its membership total from 15 to nine. SB 387 addresses technical issues regarding the consolidation of multiple boards of directors when there is a vacancy on the board. Rather than holding costly special elections, the board would have the authority to eliminate a vacant position at the agency, if the seat is already required to be consolidated.

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and the Government Finance Officers Association recognized the Santa Clarita Water Agency’s FY 2018/19 Budget for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

SB 387 will now go to the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom for final approval.