Much of New Jersey’s drinking water infrastructure has aged past its useful life and is in dire need of repair and replacement. Smith said that’s a huge problem for everyone’s health.
If Smith’s plan passes, he said it would bring in about $150 million per year. But it’s expected to face opposition.
And earlier this year, Governor “Moonbeam” Jerry Brown of California asked the state legislature to consider enacting a tax on drinking water to fix polluted water and other water infrastructure. The average person would see an increase of just over $11 to the water bill, according to estimates.
They would have enough money to fix aging pipes, if they quit spending tax dollars on illegal immigrants. This reportedly led to complaints that such a fee would make a basic necessity harder to afford.
Already 13 states tax residential water utilities through general sales tax: Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont.
And Washington state has a tax on bottled water.
But as of this moment, Smith’s bill it hasn’t yet made its way through committees in either the state Assembly or Senate.