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Posted: June 19, 2010 9:49 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

As citizens of Santa Clarita facing the same situation of being blamed for elevated salt levels in our water discharge — after becoming the first city in the U.S. to actually ban the sale and use of salt water softeners — we need to be involved right now.

As stated in the official yellow-envelope letter from the Sanitation District, the only way to stop the rate hike (up to 400 percent for every homeowner) is if the Sanitation District receives letters disputing the rate hike from 42,000 households in Santa Clarita.

I did a Google search and found, according to Wikipedia: “As of the census of 2000, there were 151,088 people, 50,787 households and 38,242 families residing in the city.”

They are saying they need 42,000 letters of protest, but per the 2000 U.S. Census there were 50,787 households in Santa Clarita. That is more than 82 percent of households that need to send in a letter in protest of the rate hike.

Eighty-two percent of homes? That is unrealistic and impossible. Between you and me, the Sanitation District knows that there is absolutely no chance that they are going to receive 42,000 letters of protest.

Well, it’s a win-win situation for the Sanitation District, as it appears to be doing “the responsible” method of notifying the public to give them a chance to decline or to protest a rate hike, then truthfully say that there was a very low turnout of protest letters. That means SCV homeowners are not opposed to a rate hike to reduce the chloride salt from the wastewater.

Please send in your letter of protest to stop this rate hike that we are looking at — of up to a 400-percent increase. That’s only the beginning, and then they need to operate and maintain the plant.

Be sure that your letter to the Sanitation District includes your property parcel number, otherwise they will not include it in the tally.

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