County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who has ardently opposed a fee proposal from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, is working with local governments and municipal groups to make sure SCV residents have a chance to head down to Tuesday's public hearing, where the fee is being discussed.
"There are a number of groups, associations and municipalities that have expressed their opposition to this tax," said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich's office. "But ultimately, the supervisor believes it comes down to the residents of this county to let the county know how they feel about this," he said.
While Antonovich is opposed to the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure and the fee associated with it, which city officials have called "double taxation," the trips are not encouraging advocacy one way or another, he said. Antonovich just wants to make sure residents have access to the downtown hearing.
"The north county is being disenfranchised, in the sense that the only box where you can take the pamphlet to vote on this is in the (county's) Hall of Administration in downtown, so it's more difficult for people to get to the hearing.
"The city of Santa Clarita is reaching out to people, and (if someone wants to take the bus), they can call the city at (661) 255-4370, or the SCV Chamber of Commerce at (661) 702-6977 and ask for (chamber CEO) Terri (Crain)," Bell said.
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The deadline to register is Monday at 9 a.m., he said.
The City Council voted unanimously against the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure proposed by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District during their last meeting.
The measure would cost Santa Clarita about $461,000, on top of a similar tax we already pay.
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The Flood Control District says the additional revenue would go towards reducing pollution from stormwater and urban runoff, but Kellar said they have not articulated exactly what they would do with the money.
“If I look at impacts of equal or greater concern is the impact on citizens, families and businesses,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “It’s an enormous fee and I think it’s completely unwarranted since Santa Clarita already has a stormwater fee.”
Individuals with a standard lot will pay about $54 a year and businesses could pay up to tens of thousands of dollars, Kellar said.
“Who’s going to pay? You and I when we go into that restaurant to get dinner,” Kellar said. “You wonder why businesses close their doors and move to other states when we continually pile on taxes, they can’t sustain their businesses.”
The City Council will deliver their protest to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday at 9:30 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 500 W. Temple St.
If concerned citizens cannot attend the meeting Kellar encourages them to write to each member of the board before the meeting.
“No matter how you slice the pie, when you have these fees they are generated by some source and it always finds itself back to the taxpayer,” Kellar said. “That’s the only reservoir of money for the government.”
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