Nov 07, 2017

Bill May Offer Tax Exclusions for Rainwater Capture Systems

California Senator Steve Glazer proposed a new bill

California rainwater capture property tax exclusion proposed

Senator Steve Glazer proposed a new bill, SCA 9, which would offer property tax exclusions for homeowners with rainwater capture systems completed after Jan. 1, 2018. The new bill would exclude rainwater capture systems from the classification of “newly constructed” and offer a property tax exemption.

Under California state law already home improvements including solar capture systems, seismic retrofits, fire sprinklers and disability modifications are exempt from new construction classification. For Californians who frequently face summer droughts, implementing rainwater capture systems could be used for irrigation. “A homeowner living in an area that receives 12 in. of rain annually can collect up to 10,000 gallons of water from a 1,500 sq ft. roof,” according to the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.

Sen. Glazer aims to have the Assembly take up his bill when the Legislature reconvenes. If it passes before Jan. 25 the bill would appear on the June ballot. If it passes later, it would be on the November 2018 ballot.