Property owners in Danville and San Ramon are going to be asked to pay an extra $22 a year to help protect water in Contra Costa County.
Danville City Manager Joe Calabrigo said the measure will pay for unfunded mandates from the state and federal governments. He said the ballot will be sent only to property owners.
"It is one property, one vote," Calabrigo explained, adding the money is a fee, not a tax. "It's a property related fee that is a countywide measure."
The measure will go before property owners sometime in early 2012, he said.
Contra Costa County needs to bring in an extra $12 million to $15 million a year -- nearly double what it's currently collecting -- to meet federal and state stormwater runoff regulations.
Those regulations are designed to keep trash, chemicals, pesticides and other contaminants out of the water from parking lots, streets and gutters that runs into stormwater drains and ultimately, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta.