A Public Hearing was held on June 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm in Lemoore, CA. The Proposition 218 ballots were tabulated and results announced with 74% of votes in favor of the $9.80/acre assessment. Votes were weighted by acreage; 63% of the 65,658 acreage included in the election voted. The Board set the rate at $9.80/acre for the fiscal year 2018-19 to be levied on landowners within the South Fork Kings GSA.
The City of Lemoore entered a cost sharing by agreement on behalf of all property (5,655 acres) in the City limits and has incorporated the ongoing payments in to their existing rate structure.
To determine if your property lies within the South Fork Kings GSA, you can use this CA DWR map tool. Type your address into the search bar at the top left of the page to locate your GSA.
The Cost of Groundwater Management
An unfunded California law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires better management and balance of groundwater supplies in a groundwater subbasin through the creation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) with extensive powers to manage groundwater.
An assessment of $9.80 was passed to cover the costs to follow the requirements of the new State law within the stipulated deadlines. Based on the Agency’s needs, the South Fork Kings GSA Board of Directors conducted and successfully passed a Proposition 218 Election for landowner approval to levy an assessment. The assessment will generate sufficient revenue to fund both annual Agency operational costs and expenses associated with the development and initial implementation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
The $9.80/acre assessment will be levied on all landowners within the boundaries of the South Fork Kings GSA via Kings County tax rolls beginning fiscal year 2018-19.
To determine if your property lies within the North Fork Kings GSA, use this CA DWR map tool. Type your address into the search bar at the top left of the page to find your GSA.
At the March 15, 2018 Board meeting, the Directors of the South Fork Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency approved the Engineer’s Report to conduct a Proposition 218 Election. The Engineer’s Report is prepared in accordance with State law to describe an equitable distribution of the benefit assessments to be derived by each parcel within the Agency upon which such assessments will be levied. The Engineer’s Report discusses benefits of the Agency’s organization, proposed actions, and services provided by the South Fork Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
Proposed 5-Year Assessment Schedule
The Agency has landowner approval via Proposition 218 Election to levy assessments up to the maximum amount shown in the table below, specifically $9.80/acre for all parcels. The components that make up the total are shown in the table below (click to enlarge) and are explained further in the Engineer’s Report. Note that the assessment amount levied by the Agency may vary from year to year, but will not exceed the maximum amount unless an increase is approved through a subsequent Proposition 218 proceeding. The necessary funding for the Agency will be reviewed annually by the Board and, depending on the funds projected to be needed for the year, may be approved up to the maximum ($9.80 per acre) assessment rate. The rate for Fiscal Year 2018/19 has been set at $9.80/acre.
Groundwater Assessment Workshop Video