Proposed Tiered Mill Assessment Increase

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To protect all Californians, DPR is committed to policies that accelerate the transition away from higher risk pesticides while continuing to provide nutritious food through a strong agricultural economy. DPR proposes to replace the current flat-fee mill assessment on pesticide sales with a risk-based tiered mill assessment, where higher toxicity pesticides are assessed a higher fee. DPR’s mill assessment has not been increased since 2004. If approved by the Legislature, as currently proposed, this increase will be phased in over the span of four years and will generate additional revenue that will be used to help accelerate the state’s transition towards safer, more sustainable pest management. Below are documents that provide more background on the PROPOSED tiered mill assessment:


DPR’s Budget Change Proposal - Transition to Safer, Sustainable Pest Management

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) requests $16.75 million ($8.25 million General Fund and $8.5 million DPR Fund) and 44.0 positions in 2021-22, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) requests $11.75 million General Fund in 2021-22, as part of a comprehensive proposal to support the state’s transition to safer, sustainable pest management. Additionally, DPR proposes to replace the current flat-fee mill assessment on pesticide sales with a risk-based tiered mill assessment, where higher toxicity pesticides are assessed a higher fee. Once fully phased in by 2024-25, the tiered mill assessment is anticipated to generate approximately $45 million in additional revenue annually to the DPR Fund. The additional revenue will fund various DPR and CDFA programs and will increase support to the County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs) for local pesticide use enforcement activities to accelerate the state’s transition away from harmful pesticides.

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For more information, please contact:
Julissa de Gonzalez
Director of Legislation and Policy
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Email: Julissa.deGonzalez@cdpr.ca.gov