Higher taxes apparently bar to flood control acts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Each proposal was aimed solely at the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley. Local officials said the Antelope Valley has long suffered localized flood damage – like washed out Lake Los Angeles-area roads and flooded Quartz Hill homes and streets last winter – because it lacks a coordinated regional flood control agency. There was no organized opposition to the measures, but local voters were expected to resist anything that called for raising taxes. In 1995, voters by a 4-to-1 margin struck down a proposed flood control district that would have covered all of the Antelope Valley. The 1995 opponents had argued such a district would create an unnecessary bureaucracy and that a joint-powers agreement between the cities and Los Angeles County would be more practical. Efforts to fashion such an agreement, however, have failed. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 Antelope Valley voters appeared Tuesday to be rejecting proposals to either join Los Angeles County’s flood control district or create an independent regional flood control district, according to early returns. Measure J and Measure K are not binding, but are meant to measure the level of public support before officials embark on a long, costly process. Measure J asked voters whether they support creating an Antelope Valley flood control district. The district, expected to take three to four years to create, would be financed with an annual property assessment estimated to be about $150 to $200 per lot. Measure K asked if voters prefer to be annexed into the existing county district, which now ends at Avenue S. Annexation would take two to three years. Annual lot assessments were estimated at $125 to $175. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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