Pass water agency drops tax rate, lowering ratepayers’ bills – Press Enterprise

Customers of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency will pay slightly less in property taxes now that the Board of Directors has voted to reduce the rate by a quarter cent.

The cost will drop from 18.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 18.25 cents. Someone with a $300,000 home will save $7.50 per year and the reduction will save ratepayers more than $300,000 this year alone, the agency reports.

The property tax is used to pay for debt service, operations and maintenance costs for the State Water Project. The reduction is the first for the agency since 1992.

The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is a regional water supplier, wholesale water agency and State Water Contractor that purchases water from the California Department of Water Resources, conveys it through the California Aqueduct, and sells it to local retail water agencies to replenish groundwater basins in the Pass.

Its service area includes the cities of Calimesa, Beaumont, and Banning, as well as the incorporated areas of Cherry Valley, Cabazon, the Banning Bench, and Poppet Flat.

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