California's voters approved Proposition 1 in November 2014, allowing for the state to raise $7.5 billion for use in water infrastructure projects. The state legislature placed the proposal on the ballot.
Proposition 1 sought voter approval for the state to sell $7.5 billion in bonds to fund projects for water storage, drinking water protection, and watershed protection and restoration. The projected annual cost to taxpayers was about $360 million over the 40-year repayment period.
Supporters of Proposition 1 argued the projects would help economic growth by improving the supply of water and protection of the environment. Proponents added the projects would be accomplished without immediate tax increases.
Opponents of Proposition 1 contended that state revenues still would be required to pay the bonds, money that would be taken from education, transportation and law enforcement services. Opponents also believed the projects would do little to help California during its lengthy drought.
Statements of supporters and opponents were presented in California's Voter Information Guide prior to the election.
Proposition 1 received the support of 4.2 million voters – 67 percent of the 6.3 million votes cast. Voters in all but 12 counties approved the question. The counties included the northernmost 10 counties and Calaveras and Inyo Counties in central California.