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The State has a history of underestimating the costs of major water projects. In 1991 Santa Barbara County voters approved the Coastal Aqueduct at an estimated cost of $270 million. Thus far the aqueduct has cost nearly $1.7 billion and has proven to be unnecessary to meet the County's water needs. "California ratepayers and taxpayers should expect the same bad deal with the twin-tunnels," said Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network. "Just like the aqueduct, these tunnels will cost much more than promised, drown local water agencies with massive amounts of debt, and will not secure our water supply."