New Jersey Democrat, has proposed legislation, the control of tap water, in an effort to fix the state’s water infrastructure.
New Jersey state senator has introduced laws, would the imposition of a tax on tap water, in an effort to fix the state’s aging pipes.
State Sen. Bob Smith, a Democrat, has proposed adding a “use fee on water consumption and water diversion” in his proposed legislation.
The tax of 10 cents per 1,000 litres of water in a home would, that would be a Plus of around $32 per year to the “average” water bill, Smith told WNYW-TV.
According to the proposal, “much of [New Jersey] drinking water infrastructure has aged past its useful life and is in dire need of repair and replacement.”
“It is a big problem, and it is a problem that affects their health, their children’s health and grandchildren’s health,” said Smith NJ.com.
If Smith ‘ s plan, he said it would bring in about $150 million per year.
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But the plan could face opposition.
Earlier this year, California Gov. Jerry Brown asked to consider the state legislature to fix the adoption of a tax on drinking water, contaminated water, and other water infrastructure, according to the Sacramento Bee. The average person would account for an increase of just over $11 for the water, so the evaluation.
This allegedly led to complaints that such a fee would provide a basic need to harder to.
Scott Drenkard, Director of state projects at the non-profit organization Tax Foundation, told Fox News that 13 States already tax-residential water supply through the General sales tax: Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont.
Other States, like Washington, have a tax on bottled water.
As for Smith, bill, it has not yet made its way through the committees of either the state Parliament or the Senate.
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