DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By:
scott.rasmussen@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.R. 448
Date: 2/28/2017

Cosponsors 115th Congress: Huffman, Rohrabacher, Doggett, LaMalfa, McSally, Garamendi, Lee, Peters, Quigley, Shea-Porter, Swalwell, Thompson, McNerney, Norton, Matsui, Ruiz, Schiff, Titus

Cosponsors 114th Congress (42): Huffman, Rohrabacher, Aguilar, Bera, Brownley, Capps, Cardenas, Cartwright, Costa, Davis, Delaney, Doggett, Eshoo, Farr, Gallego, Garamendi, Gosar, Grijalva, Hahn, Honda, Kirkpatrick, LaMalfa, Lieu, Lofgren,
Lowenthal, Matsui, McDermott, McNerney, McSally, Moore, Napolitano, Norton, Perlmutter, Peters, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Schiff, Sherman, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson (CA), Titus, Vargas.

Supporters 114th Congress: California State Association of Counties, Western Urban Water Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Bay Area Council, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Arizona Municipal Water
Users Association, Bay Planning Coalition, Coalition to Promote Water Conservation, Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), Alliance for Water Efficiency, Metropolitan Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Olivehain Municipal
Water District, Carlsbad Municipal Water District, Otay Water District, Rincon Water, Valley Center Municipal Water District, Vista Irrigation District, City of Poway, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, Yuima Municipal Water District, Three Valleys
Municipal Water District, Calleguas Municipal Water District, Irvine Ranch Water District, and Santa Clara Valley Water District, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department City of Camarillo, Sacramento Suburban Water
District.

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act, which would end the federal tax on utility rebates provided to homeowners acting to conserve water or improve stormwater management.
The federal government should treat water conservation rebates the same as energy conservation rebates, which Congress acted to exempt from federal taxes in 1992.

Increasingly, water utilities are offering rebates to promote water conservation and stormwater management. Encouraging residents to reduce water usage by replacing water-thirsty lawns, installing “gray water” capture systems, or purchasing new water-efficient
toilets and washing-machines can provide significant water savings. Additionally, empowering homeowners to protect our waterways from harmful stormwater runoff pollution is critical for public health and the environment.

These improvements are often too expensive for property owners to install without a financial incentive. While rebate programs are more prevalent in areas affected by drought, like California, Arizona, Montana, and Texas, conservation and runoff management
rebates can be found in communities across the nation, from Seattle to Milwaukee to Montgomery County, MD.
These rebates are not income, but an effort to defray upfront consumer costs and should be taxed as such.

With rebates growing in number and size across the nation, Congress should act this tax season to ensure the federal government is not an obstacle to local and state efforts to conserve water and keep our waterways clean.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Scott Rasmussen with Rep. Huffman at
scott.rasmussen@mail.house.gov or x5-5161 or Jeff Vanderslice with Rep. Rohrabacher at
jeff.vanderslice@mail.house.gov or x5-2415.

Sincerely

Rep. Jared Huffman                                       Rep. Dana Rohrabacher