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Avoid the carrot

Posted: August 7, 2009 2:54 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I recently received my "secret" mail-in ballot for the stormwater pollution prevention fee.

This is a mail-in card to see if the owners of property in Santa Clarita want to allow a change in the methodology for calculating the fee on their properties.

They are dangling a "carrot" in front of us in some of the representative fee changes on our properties by slightly lowering our fees for fiscal year 2009-10.

If we vote yes on this new methodology, our fees can be adjusted yearly, by the amount of the change of the Consumer Price Index which may change from the usual two percent to three percent yearly to much higher as we are probably going to see a jump in the inflation rate in our economy, thus driving up our stormwater fees rapidly.

Please don't trade a small reduction this fiscal year for a possible large increase in future years.

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