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Sewer rate hike to be discussed

Increase would fund treatment plants to lower salts to state-mandated levels

Posted: May 4, 2009 9:34 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2009 9:00 a.m.
 
The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts will host two informational meetings for a proposed sewer-assessment hike Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Santa Clarita City Hall.

If passed by the Sanitation Districts board, the proposed sewer-assessment increase would pay for two water-treatment plants in the Santa Clarita Valley designed to reduce high salt levels from the waste water to state-mandated levels before it is released into the Santa Clara River, said Dave Bruns, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts assistant financial planner. The salty water makes it difficult for farmers to grow strawberries and avocados downstream along the river in Ventura County. The price tag on the treatment plants is $250 million, he said.

Homeowners can block the rate increase by submitting public protest letters. If the board receives protest letters from more than 50 percent of homeowners in the SCV before the board members vote on May 26, the sewer assessment rate hike is stopped, Bruns said.

A series of informational hearings are scheduled at City Hall prior to the May 26 public hearing also to be held in City Hall, he said.

The informational meetings are Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., May 11 at 7:00 p.m., and May 14 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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