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The City of Santa Clarita Reconsiders Open Space Preservation

Open Space Preservation District would help provide funds for the city to purchase land.

The issue of Open Space Preservation in Santa Clarita is once again on the table.

In 2005, property owners said “no” to a plan - which would have established a $25.10 yearly assessment to single family homes in Santa Clarita that would have financed the Open Space Preservation District.

A recent poll of residents shows there is interest and council members are set to vote on the issue tonight.

“Tuesday night the city council is going to give direction to the staff as to how to draft an Open Space Benefit District. After that we will know what the members thoughts are as to how it should be structured,” said Scott Wilk – a public relations specialist who is the lead consultant in round two of an effort to establish the district.

If approved by property owners, the Open Space Preservation District would be able to purchase land, create parks and recreational areas as well as renovate existing parks in Santa Clarita. Property owners would be expected to pay an annual $25.00 assessment that will help finance the district.