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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

February 15, 2000
Contact: Diane Thomas
(714) 834-6203
Board of Supervisors Supports - Propositions 12 & 13
(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to support two statewide ballot measures: Proposition 12, the Park Bond; and Proposition 13, the Water Bond. Both are on the statewide March 7 ballot.

The Park Bond, Proposition 12, appropriates $2.1 billion from the State general fund. It provides direct, per capita funding for local jurisdictions including $17 million directly to the County of Orange, and also provides grants for parks in urbanized areas, grants for watershed protection including wetlands and habitat restoration. Included among the many categories in this measure are several other sources of funds that will come directly to Orange County jurisdictions. Some examples include $13 million for the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve; $12.5 million for the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park; and $10 million for the Discovery Science Center.

The Water Bond, Proposition 13, appropriates $1.97 billion from the State general fund. It will provide grants for watershed protection, non-point source pollution control programs, flood control programs, water conservation programs, and water recycling programs. Proposition 13 includes many sources of funds that are directly dedicated to the County such as $4 million for a Huntington Beach multi-agency pollution study; $235 million for projects in the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and approximately $22 million in Orange County flood control subventions. Additionally, 60 percent of the funding for the Watershed Protection Program and 60 percent of the funding for the Non-point Source Pollution Control Program is earmarked for the six-county Southern California area. OC's share could be estimated at $14 million. Funds are for long-term infrastructure improvements and are to be repaid by the State over a 25-year period. The Water Bond, like the Park Bond, contains many funding categories in which Orange County is well positioned to compete favorably.

"These bond measures will have a direct, positive effect on Orange County, its residents and our quality of life," said Board Chairman Chuck V. Smith. "Each of our Board members has an interest in the success of the ballot measures. I want to particularly commend Tom Wilson for the work he's done to bring both of these bond proposals to the people."

"In my position as vice chairman of the Southern California Water Committee, I am particularly interested in Proposition 13 and the benefits it could bring to Orange County," said Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer. "This bond measure will provide for not only today's needs, but also for the needs of future generations of Californians."

The passage of both Propositions will significantly assist the County and Orange County's cities in meeting State water quality standards, Protecting and preserving parklands, open space and coastal resources, and providing adequate flood protection for Orange County's citizens.