Opinion By Donna Westfall – May 12, 2023
Did did you get a Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Sewer User Fee Increase from the County?
Gee whiz! Will it ever stop?
Yes. Here’s how it stops. It’s called a Prop 218 protest. You don’t have to stand outside with a sign, you just have to sign your name and put in a written protest. Here’s an example:
I OPPOSE SEWER USER RATE
INCREASES UNDER PROP 218
Address or Parcel Number:
CIRCLE IF YOU ARE THE OWNER
TENANT THAT PAYS SEWER BILL
ONLY 1 (ONE) Protest per parcel
AND ONLY COUNTED IF YOU SIGN:
Do you own more than 1 property?
There are 3,347 properties that are affected. To stop an increase, 50% plus 1 need to be turned in to the County by June 27th. It’s really that simple.
Who can sign?
The owner or the tenant that pays the water/sewer bill.
That $72 or $78 you find on your property tax bill each year, wonder what they’ve spent that money on? Let’s find out before putting more money into the coffers of our government agencies that don’t seem to function very well. Otherwise, you can look forward to paying $178.08 within 5 years. And that’s a 245% increase.