Why can’t the City’s large reserve fund be used to offset the revenue losses from the drought?
The City’s general reserve funds are used for large capital projects and in the event of emergencies. These reserves ensure that Poway is prepared for the next recession, wildfire, or earthquake. However, the City Council did approve a loan to the Water Fund out of the City’s General Fund Reserve. This loan can be repaid at some point in the future, when the water supply conditions stabilize.

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1. What is the temporary drought recovery surcharge on my water bill?
2. Why did the City adopt the temporary drought recovery surcharge?
3. Why do I have to pay more for water when I’m saving more?
4. When will the temporary drought recovery surcharge end?
5. What is the City doing with the temporary drought recovery surcharge money?
6. Why doesn’t the City cut back on staffing to save money?
7. Why can’t the City’s large reserve fund be used to offset the revenue losses from the drought?
8. Where can I find Proposition 218?