Proposition 218 was approved by the voters of California in November of 1996, and was officially titled the "Right to Vote on Taxes Act". A 2006 court decision clarified that Proposition 218 applies to retail water rates. Since that time, the Long Beach Water Department has complied with Proposition 218 when setting water and sewer rates.
In 2007, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) created a Prop 218 guidelines booklet that summarizes the various provisions of Prop 218. This booklet can be found at the following link on ACWA's website: