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Crescent City Rollback of Sewer Rates to 2007 Levels, 2010

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A Crescent City Rollback of Sewer Rates to 2007 Levels ballot initiative may be on a 2010 ballot in Crescent City, California, if supporters of the rate rollback can collect enough signatures on petitions to force the measure onto the ballot.[1]

The initiative is supported by Donna Westfall, a Crescent City Councilwoman. It would roll back sewer rates to where they were in October 2007, before the local wastewater treatment plant received a $42.5 million overhaul. The wastewater treatment plant has a $2.7 million annual debt payment and rates have increased to pay for that debt service.

In October 2007, city residents paid $40.95/month and county customers paid $30.95. Today, single-family residential sewer rates are $56.70/month for city customers and $47.95 for county customers. By the end of 2010, those rates will increase to $69.70 and $60.95.[1]

Opponents

  • Crescent City manager Rod Butler. He says, "It’s pretty obvious that it could potentially have a devastating impact on the city’s finances."[1]
  • City attorney Bob Black. He says, "This is no laughing matter. Really the fate and the reputation of the city are really kind of hinged on this."[1]

Path to the ballot

Initiative leader Donna Westfall would have to collect about 170 signatures of registered voters in Crescent City in 180 days to qualify the measure for the ballot.

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