SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 1, 2017) — A bill before the California Assembly would add $1.50 to the state's current $1.75-per-tire used tire fee to pay for municipal storm sewer systems.
Introduced Feb. 17, California Assembly Bill 1180 would direct that the extra $1.50 per tire go to the state's Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund, which the bill would establish. AB 1180 would continuously appropriate money for competitive grants for projects and programs for storm sewer requirements to prevent or remediate zinc pollution caused by tires, the bill states.
The fee would stay in effect until Jan. 1, 2024 — the same date the tire fee sunsets — unless another bill deletes or extends that date, according to the bill's language.
California's waste tire fee was originally $1 on every new tire sold in the state, according to Terry Leveille, president of Sacramento-based TL & Associates and legislative representative for the California Tire Dealers Association, which opposes AB 1180.