One of the sadder but interesting stories in Orange County over the last few weeks is the battle that’s about to get serious between the beach property owners in Newport Beach, backed by their Republican Mayor, and the city of Huntington Beach. The socialist environannies at the South Coast Air Quality Management District are in the middle of this as well and issuing edicts that don’t require legislation to enforce some pretty drastic restrictions on our freedom.
We didn’t hang around for the vote last night as it was evident how it would go, so here’s confirmation from the Fountain Valley Patch that 18 OCSD Directors didn’t believe that 61% in fee increases since 2005 wasn’t enough. Seven Board members voted against the increase. John Crandall reports:
Despite opposition from a number of residents, Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors approved a sewer rate hike for northwest and central Orange County to be phased in over the next several years. The board voted 18-7 to increase sewer service charges by 4.8 percent this year and 2.4 percent each of the next four years. On July 1, the annual fee for the average single family home will become $14 in 2013 and about $8 each of the next four years. The 2013 fee of $294 will be $339 by 2017-18.
For all it has going for it — a world-class surfing beach, tourist-drawing attractions, decent housing, decent schools, extractable oil, a new Costco and Home Depot, two heavily-trafficked boulevards lined with retail tax generators, a successful downtown — you have to ask why Huntington Beach has to waste everyone’s time with plastic bags.