Supervisors vote for Paso Robles water district
February 19, 2014
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of creating a water district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin.
Supervisors Frank Mecham, Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson voted to support legislation to create the district while Debbie Arnold and Caren Ray voted no. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, said he would draft a bill if the county voted in favor of creating a district.
Proponents of the proposed legislation said that a district is needed because the basin is in crisis. Two North County water groups have proposed that a nine-person board made up of large and small land owners govern the district.
Opponents of the district voiced concerns that the creation of a district could lead to higher taxes and increased water rates. In addition, there are fears that a district will lead to water banking.
Ray said she is in favor of a district, but wanted the legislation to prohibit water banking and exporting water from the county.