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Santa Clarita City Council Protests Additional Half Million Dollar Tax

The Santa Clarita Valley City Council wants those against a potential half a million dollar tax on the city to attend the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

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.”

Author: Ashley Soley-Cerro, Twitter