Kelly J. Salt

Partner

kelly.salt@bbklaw.com

Tel: (619) 525-1375

Location(s)

At a Glance

Kelly is a sought-after legal authority on compliance with propositions 218 and 26.

She helps clients with drought management and water conservation programs.

Named to the Top Women Lawyers list by the Daily Journal in 2017.
 

Kelly Salt works with public agencies on bond and municipal finance matters, rate setting and compliance with propositions 218 and 26, and drought management and water conservation programs. She is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Public Finance practice group and is based in the firm’s San Diego office.

Since joining BB&K, Kelly has worked as bond, disclosure and issuer’s counsel with numerous cities and public agencies on financing major public facilities through the issuance of certificates of participation, revenue, lease revenue, general obligation, assessment district and community facilities district bonds.

In addition, Kelly has assisted cities and special districts with:

  • Review of utility rate and fee studies and assessment engineering reports
  • Preparation of notices of public hearings for the adoption of fees, charges and assessments
  • Formation of assessment districts
  • Establishment of new and increases to existing taxes, assessments, fees and charges


Her water conservation work includes preparing drought management and water conservation programs, preparing water-efficient landscape ordinances and developing water demand offset fees to mitigate the impacts of new development on water supplies.

Prior to joining BB&K, Kelly worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office for more than 16 years and served as the primary attorney on bond finance matters for the City’s public works projects. These projects are as varied as the $1 billion expansion and reconstruction of the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure programs and the $169.6 million lease revenue financing for the construction of Petco Park. She was also the chief deputy city attorney of the City Attorney Office’s Public Works Section and supervised other attorneys on, among other issues, public works contracting and water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Kelly worked for the University of San Diego School of Law as an instructor and also served as the assistant dean for student affairs.

Kelly has been a featured speaker on public finance, propositions 218 and 26, and water conservation matters at conferences throughout California. The Daily Journal included her on the list of Top Women Lawyers in 2017 and San Diego Magazine has repeatedly named her a Top Lawyer for public finance. She was a San Diego Business Journal Business Women of the Year Finalist in 2019. 

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., cum laude


Admissions

  • California


Awards

  • San Diego Magazine Top Lawyers, 2015-2020
  • Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers in California, 2017

 

Resolution Adopting New Water Rates Not Subject to Referendum
Legal Alerts Jun 18, 2019

Resolution Adopting New Water Rates Not Subject to Referendum

Calif. Court of Appeal Holds that Referendum Power Not Applicable to Local Water Rate Resolutions

California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218
Legal Alerts Dec 04, 2017

California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218

Case May Impact Groundwater Pumping Charges Authorized Under SGMA

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax
Legal Alerts Jul 05, 2017

Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement is Not a Tax

California Supreme Court Holds Surcharge for Franchise Rights Not Subject to Voter Approval if Reasonably Related to Value of Franchise

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge
Legal Alerts Jun 19, 2017

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge

California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to Prop. 218 Without Public Protest

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes
Legal Alerts May 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes

Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services” for New Development Remains

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services
Legal Alerts Apr 10, 2017

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services

California Appellate Court Finds Constitutional Mandate Supersedes Statutory Exemption

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”
Legal Alerts Oct 24, 2016

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees
Legal Alerts Sep 22, 2016

New Legislation Impacts Special Parcel Taxes, Community Facilities Districts, and Notices for Property-Related Fees

Public Agencies Must Comply Beginning Jan. 1

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations
Legal Alerts Sep 14, 2016

Legislation Establishes New Reporting Requirements for State and Local Debt Obligations

Annual Reports Filed with the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission Must Include Additional Information

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2016

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors

Tiered Water Rates and Surcharges Among Tools Agencies Can Use During Water Shortages

Structuring Tiered Water Rates Under Conflicting Court Decisions: Interpreting the California Constitution
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 07, 2016

Structuring Tiered Water Rates Under Conflicting Court Decisions: Interpreting the California Constitution

Partner Kelly Salt Writes About Tiered Rates in the January 2016 American Water Works Association Journal

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 13, 2014

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

By Kelly J. Salt

  • “Ruling is Causing Uncertainty Over Local Special Taxes,” Daily Journal, Feb. 25, 2019
  • “California Water Suppliers Take Steps to Meet Conservation Standards,” BBKnowledge, June 26, 2015
  • “Prop. 218 Guide Among Resources on SWRCB New Pricing Web Page,” BBKnowledge, June 11, 2015
  • “Upcoming Mandatory Water Regulations Draw Widespread Concern,” BBKnowledge, April 17, 2015
  • “FAQs on California’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations,” BBKnowledge, April 15, 2015
  • “California Public Agency Officials Respond to Governor’s Drought Executive Order,” BBKnowledge, April 3, 2015
  • “Dealing in Drought: Development, Legislation and Litigation,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 26, 2014
  • “Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 31, 2014
  • “Jan. 1 Changes to Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and Mark-Roos Bond Pooling Act will Benefit Public Agencies,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 1, 2014

 

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