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southern california plans to spend $11 billion on the delta tunnels. who will end up paying?

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southern california plans to spend $11 billion on the delta tunnels. who will end up paying?

when the metropolitan water district of southern california voted to finance the lion's share of the delta tunnels project, some on the board called it a bold stroke of leadership.the delegations from los angeles and san diego, however, called the move alarming, financially risky and irresponsible.advertisementmwd's two largest member agencies, l.a. and the san diego county water authority, were on the losing end of last week's vote to invest nearly $11 billion in the construction of two massive tunnels under the sacramento-san joaquin delta."this vote was honestly quite divisive," los angeles board member mark gold said. "the metropolitan water district is basically subsidizing benefits for the entire state of california over and above the 19 million customers that met has in southern california. … to have local ratepayers incur that risk is inappropriate and potentially illegal."state constitutional provisions requiring local government fees to be proportional to the services provided could leave mwd vulnerable to court challenges, gold and others warn.according to mwd, financing the twin tunnels would add an average of $60 a year to household water rates across the southland. but local purchases of agency supplies vary, meaning costs will too.the board vote amounted to an 11th-hour rescue of the massive project, known as california waterfix, which was floundering over the issue of who would pay to revamp the linchpin of the state's water delivery system.backers w...