Understanding the details of Proposition 218 is important for crafting effective local government programs. Proposition 218 stipulates that property-related fees require voter approval, unless they are for water, sewer, or trash collection services. As a result, some municipalities may consider paying for qualifying stormwater activities under those service funds, realigning costs or revenues to pay for the specific relevant activities. For example, the cost of NPDES-required trash capture activities (capital costs of devices and the efforts to keep them maintained) can be paid from a municipality’s trash fees. It is worth noting, however, that the trash fees would need to be increased accordingly, which can also be politically challenging for a governing board.
Other examples of realignment potential: