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Chloride public hearing scheduled tonight

Posted: June 30, 2014 5:06 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley residents get their chance tonight to turn thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a proposed sewage rate increase that some call a “salt tax.”

Following the guidelines of Proposition 218, Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials have been meeting with the public about the proposed rate hike and scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. today at Santa Clarita City Hall.

If the rate increase passes, property owners who are hooked up to the district’s sewer system will see the hike on property tax bills phased in over the next six years. After that time, the rate increase would be about $100 per year for the average single-family home, district officials say.

Official protests to the increase are required to include a written statement outlining the property owner’s stance on the issue, the parcel he or she owns and the signature of the owner. Protests can be dropped off during tonight’s public hearing but will not be accepted after that.

As of Thursday, only 31 notices of protest representing 34 parcels had been received, according to the agenda for tonight’s meeting. Nearly 70,000 notices about the rate hike and public hearing were reportedly sent out to property owners.

Notices of protest must total 50 percent of the property owners affected by the rate increase to block the district from moving ahead with the hike.

The Sanitation District’s board of directors, consisting of two Santa Clarita City Council members and a county supervisor, may approve the district’s Service Charge Report at the end of the hearing tonight, or the board may put over a decision until its July 7 meeting.

If the Service Charge Report is adopted, the board still must approve an ordinance to enact the rate increase before the rates are presented to the county Assessor’s office in August, a district official said.

The rate increase, if adopted, would fund a $130 million treatment system to remove chloride — a naturally occurring component in common table salt — from treated wastewater that is discharged into the Santa Clara River.

Downstream farmers say the chloride damages their avocado crops, and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has determined the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District must reduce discharged chloride to 100 milligrams per liter or face steep fines for failing to maintain California water quality standards.



lars1: Posted: June 30, 2014 8:46 p.m.

The tax is a big scam.
There was no protest form ever mailed to the taxpayers to sign and return.
The District should be sued for gross misrepresentation of the public.
When the stormwater scam happened last year, those people at least had the decency to attach the protest form to the information packet.
Not these SCUM (kellar,weste and mclean).

Nobody knows where to get the protest form.
Nobody knows when it is due.
Nobody knows where it should go.

Its no wonder only 34 taxpayers out of 70,000 protested.
Kellar, weste and mclean are the BIG TIME scammers.

When everyone realizes their taxes have gone up hundreds of dollars every year, there is no chance in hell that anyone will vote for their billboard proposal.

momtwice: Posted: June 30, 2014 11:17 p.m.

I got one in the mail.

cj64: Posted: July 1, 2014 12:08 a.m.

I got this in the mail..."Notice of Public Hearing"...Meeting the State's Chloride (Salt) Mandate...

Just a bunch of vague statements. A protest form was not included in what I received.

missyJk: Posted: July 1, 2014 2:54 a.m.

there was some leaflet sent out in it showed where to send a protest no email address it had to be sent no envelope something no one would notice why doesnt it go on a ballot like the billboards

stray: Posted: July 1, 2014 7:25 a.m.

"Why doesn't it go on a ballot like the billboards?"

Agreed... That would make the council feel powerless and not in control of their quest to screw us while handing us the bill to pay for this nonsense.

Unreal: Posted: July 1, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Maybe something else they can talk about tonight is the girl who died in the SCV jail of a heroin overdose.

My friends daughter was also in jail there (5 years ago) on a drug charge. She was there all weekend waiting for court on Monday. She went through withdrawals there and the Sheriffs knew about it. She should have been taken to hospital to be checked out. So should this girl who was passed out when they found her. She would be living now if this was taken care of the correct way.

The city council has a duty to work with the Sheriff’s Dept. to make sure the procedures are updated. This did not need to happen.

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: July 1, 2014 12:33 p.m.

Sorry to sound inhumane, but its not the responsibility of the sherrifs office to care for some addict going through withdrawals...maybe she should have been more careful and she would not have been caught...they dont care of you are even insulin dependent. Trust me in that one...

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 1, 2014 12:57 p.m.

Yes, SingleMomOfOne. You do sound inhumane.

stray: Posted: July 1, 2014 1:30 p.m.

I feel sorry for those who are addicted to any kind of drug. There are a lot of good people who have abused drugs and couldn't kick the habit... (Elvis, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, etc...) The list is endless...

When people are arrested for using drugs, they need to be brought to the detox centers with locked doors, then picked up by authorities and dealt with accordingly.

How 'bout we take care of our OWN citizens' problems and keep the illegals now here from Central America out! What was that you said Obozo ??? You need more Hispanic voters for your DUMBocratic Party, you say ??? You seem to obtain plenty of money for the issues that YOU WANT, but flip us the middle finger towards the needs of our own citizens!

Unreal: Posted: July 2, 2014 12:42 p.m.

SingleMomOfOne: If one is arrested for drug use and the Sheriffs are now in control of them they are responsible for their physical health. They should be required to take them to the hospital to have their blood checked and the person checked out. How do you even process a case of drug use without that?

Unreal: Posted: July 2, 2014 12:53 p.m.

The Sheriffs knew that the girl I was speaking of was going through withdrawals and brought her crackers etc. to help. They were nice enough to her which is great, but what if something had happened to her like this other girl?

This girl turned her whole life around since being arrested. She has been doing great with her school and career. Miracles do happen. It has been 5 years since she used any substance. I spoke to her dad the other day and she is now married with a child and very happy.

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