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McLean rails against state demands made without funds

Posted: September 15, 2010 10:40 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean called on California cities Wednesday at a San Diego conference to stand up to projects forced by the state without funding by proposing a resolution to demand funding for any state-imposed duty or obligation.

Making a particular note of state-imposed mandates by agencies such as the Regional Water Quality Control Board, McLean proposed that: “Anytime the state imposes a new duty, responsibility or obligation on local government, it must provide an adequate source of funding to accompany the action, and not presume that the new duty, responsibility or obligation can be covered by a new local fee, assessment or tax.”

In making her pitch to the General Resolutions Committee of the League of California Cities, she pointed to state-imposed mandates on water quality and “Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL’S)” for ensuring such things as chloride levels in water.

Her resolution is expected to be addressed by the Revenue and Taxation Policy Committee today.

The topic of Santa Clara River water quality has become a hotly contested subject in the last couple of months as salty chloride levels continue to spur public debate over proposed sewer-rate hikes needed to pay for a costly salt-ridding plant.

Current plans call for the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District to build a $210 million reverse-osmosis plant by 2015 in order to comply with the act and avoid being hit with fines.


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