State Senate to consider Wilk water bill

The Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant at SCV Water. photo courtesy SCV Water.

The water bill authored by State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, making it easier for SCV Water to consolidate directors sitting on multiple boards, has cleared another legislative hurdle, and is now on its way to the Senate Floor for consideration.

The cost of Senate Bill 387  which addresses technical issues regarding the consolidation of multiple boards of directors when there is a vacancy on the board was reviewed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On Friday, Wilk announced that the committee deemed the costs associated with follow-up legislation for the newly created SCV Water Agency are small enough that the bill can proceed through the legislative process without further review by the Committee.

SB 387 is follow-up legislation to SB 634, which created the regional water district in 2017. The bill addresses technical issues regarding the consolidation of multiple Boards of Directors when there is a vacancy on the Board.

“The SCV Water Agency has already won two prestigious awards for its inaugural budget,” Wilk was quoted as saying in a news release issued by his office Friday.

. “It is off to an amazing start and SB 387 will streamline some of the issues that have come up since the agencies creation in 2017,” he said.

“I am pleased the agency is doing so well, and equally pleased this legislation continues to move through the legislative process,” he said.

SCV Water’s FY 2018-19 Budget was recognized earlier this year by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and nationally by the Government Finance Officers Association, for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

Wilk’s SB 634 facilitated the merger of the now-defunct Castaic Lake Water Agency, which served as SCV’s water wholesaler, with the Newhall County Water District a local water retailer.

The new water agency, SCV Water, went into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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