SACRAMENTO – The California Senate has approved Senate Bill 387, which would streamline how SCV Water Agency Board of Directors vacancies are to be handled, and the legislation will now go to the state Assembly for consideration, Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced Wednesday.
“This measure will save taxpayers money,” said Wilk, who represents the state’s 21st Senate District, including the Santa Clarita Valley and authored the bill.
“Rather than holding costly special elections, the board will have the authority to eliminate a vacant position at the Agency,” Wilk said. “The SCV Water Agency will be a role model for any new water agencies that may be created in the future, so it is important to get this right. I am pleased that the measure continues to move with bipartisan support.”
SB 387 is follow-up legislation to SB 634, which created the regional water district in 2017 and 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.
SCV Water has already saved ratepayers five million dollars in its first year of operation. In addition, its FY 2018/19 Budget was recognized by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and nationally by the Government Finance Officers Association, for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
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