Why a Fee Study?

Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, GSAs have the authority to collect fees to fund the operational costs of the GSA and of a groundwater sustainability program. Costs include preparation, adoption, and amendment of a groundwater sustainability plan, and investigations, inspections, compliance assistance, enforcement, and program administration, including a judicious reserve.

The GSA has contracted a firm to explore options and determine funding options that are fair for the community and provide the revenue needed for the GSA to operate.

Who is Affected?

The fee recognizes and charges all beneficiaries (such as municipal, agricultural, commercial, industrial, government and environmental) of groundwater sustainability.  All Salinas Valley Basin property owners within the boundaries of the SVBGSA, whether in the north or south area, will be charged using the same methodology; fees will be uniform by user groups.