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2023 Proposition 218 Acreage Fee Renewal

The McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) landowners and board approved the renewal of the Proposition 218 acreage fee of $19/acre for an additional five years through fiscal year 2027-2028. The Public Hearing was opened on June 7, 2023 and closed on July 5, 2023 in Kerman, CA. 

No written or verbal protests were submitted to MAGSA in opposition to the proposed fee that will continue to be levied on landowners within MAGSA. A majority protest was needed to prevent the renewal of the fee. The $19/acre fee will fund MAGSA administration and activities related to planning and implementing local projects aimed to achieve groundwater sustainability and meet Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirements. 

 The fee will be levied via County tax rolls on all landowners within the GSA excluding parcels of 2 acres or less. To determine if your property lies within MAGSA you can use this CA DWR map tool.  

The MAGSA Board originally set the rate at $19/acre for the fiscal year 2018-2019 following a Proposition 218 election in 2018. Due to MAGSA’s aggressive pursuit of financial aid for the region through a variety of grants, the acreage fee did not increase. “GSAs almost always increase their fees,” says Alison Lechowicz, election consultant with Lechowicz + Tseng Municipal Consultants. “MAGSA is a very cost-effective agency.”

Prop 218 Informational Webinar

MAGSA hosted an informational webinar on April 27th at 12:00 PM where landowners could ask questions and learn more about the Proposition 218 fee renewal. You can view the presentation slides HERE. You can also view the English, Spanish, and Punjabi recordings of the webinar below.

 (English) Prop 218 Fee Renewal Webinar

(Spanish) Prop 218 Fee Renewal Webinar

(Punjabi) Prop 218 Fee Renewal Webinar

View Presentation Slides Here



About the 2023 Proposition 218 Acreage Fee Renewal

The renewal of the Proposition 218 fee will fund MAGSA’s 5-year budget which includes administration, staffing, implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (management of the McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Project, Aquaterra Water Bank, grower education programs like On-Farm Recharge University) and monitoring groundwater levels.

This fee helps to keep groundwater management local. Without adequate funding to implement the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), MAGSA risks losing control over groundwater management to the State. If the State were to intervene, it would impose costly fees with no guarantee of new or supplemental water supplies.

The $19 per-acre charge charge is the result of a detailed budget analysis and an independent professional Fee Study Report prepared to determine the appropriateness of the charge amount.

MAGSA invites growers to attend our upcoming board meetings for regular updates and to stay engaged. These meetings are open to the public, and we encourage you to participate either in person or online. The MAGSA Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM at the Kerman Community Center, 15101 W Kearney Blvd., Kerman, CA 93630. Links to join virtually are on the board meeting agendas. Find board agendas and meeting information HERE.



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