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District holds off on vote for rate increase

District wants the vote for the rate increase to occur in the SCV

Posted: June 9, 2009 7:49 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2009 7:00 a.m.

A vote on whether to annex new homes from an area of Castaic into the district is on the agenda for a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District meeting today.

The Sanitation District board consists of Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry, Councilwoman Laurene Weste and Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe.

The area under consideration includes two existing single-family homes and one proposed single-family home. The immediate fiscal impact to the district is $5,375 in processing fees paid to the Local Agency Formation District, the State Board of Equalization and the Sanitation District.
What is missing from the agenda is the proposed sewer-rate assessment increase.

The proposed sewer-rate increase would raise rates on residential customers from $14.92 per month to $47 per month by 2015.

The proposed increase has been criticized by former Santa Clarita City Council members and residents.  

“The directors wanted to hold any meetings dealing with the proposed rate increase in Santa Clarita to allow more people access to the meetings,” said Dave Bruns, Sanitation District, assistant financial planner. The date of the next Santa Clarita meeting has not been scheduled.

“There is a chance they will set a date for the next meeting in Santa Clarita at Wednesday’s meeting,” he said.  



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