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Westside studies nearly complete

Residents learn where the lines of Santa Clarita are drawn

Posted: May 2, 2009 8:49 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Annex into the city of Santa Clarita? Incorporate into your own city? Or remain as you are?

Those are the questions residents of the Santa Clarita Valley’s Westside communities will be asked to answer in an advisory vote in November.

Both the city and unincorporated communities are waiting for completion and release of a pair of studies that would provide information to residents to help them decide how to vote on the issue.

A consultant was chosen by members of the West Ranch and Castaic Area Town Councils to prepare a initial feasibility analysis, which is being funded by the county. The analysis is aimed at helping to answer financial questions that might impact any incorporation decision — such as how much revenue is generated within the area, said Rosalind Wayman, senior deputy for Santa Clarita Valley for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The city authorized and funded a second consultant charged with preparation of a comparison study that would evaluate the value of annexation of the areas into the city, said Paul Brotzman, the city’s community development director. The study is designed to look at what it would cost the city to provide services to those areas, and at whether there is enough revenue generated in those areas to fund those services, he said.

“The purpose is to provide the best information possible for residents who live on the west side of (interstate) 5, to make a determination whether they felt it is in their best interest to annex, incorporate, or stay how they are,” Brotzman said Friday.

Westside representatives are eager for the studies to be complete and released so they can move forward in holding meetings for the public. West Ranch Town Council President Ron Mechsner said the councils are planning to hold the public meetings in June.

“I’m told we should expect it early next week. It was due months ago,” said Darren Hernandez, deputy city manager. “We are waiting for the reports to be prepared, and subsequently, to hear the will of the Westside residents.”

Mechsner said Friday there is not yet a firm date of completion for the feasibility study but expects to hear an update mid-week.
“Our council’s whole purpose in this is to get the information out to the public,” Mechsner said.


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