In order to preserve the City's limited remaining water
capacity that is available to current utility users and to
conserve capacity in the City's wastewater treatment plant,
shall the City of Santa Cruz Charter be amended to require
a vote of the people before the City Council will be allowed to
initiate an annexation to the City's water service area or sewer
This ballot measure, if adopted by the voters, would amend the City of Santa Cruz Charter to prohibit the City Council from initiating an expansion to the City's Water Service Area or Sewer Service Area unless authorized to do so by a majority vote of the qualified electors of the City of Santa Cruz or directed to do so by the State of California Local Agency Formation Commission ("LAFCO"). The City Council would, however, by a majority vote, be authorized to initiate an expansion of the City's Water Service Area upon finding that the expansion is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the applicant seeking service, that the property which is the subject of the expansion application formerly received water service from another water source, that the source of that former water service is no longer viable or available, and that the applicant has demonstrated there is no viable alternative other than a connection to the City water system. With regard to sewer service the City Council would, by a majority vote, be authorized to initiate an expansion of the City's Sewer Service Area upon finding that the expansion is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the applicant seeking service, and that the property's former sewer service, if any, is no longer available to serve the property which is the subject of the expansion application or is incapable of treating sewage to the same level of treatment that is provided by the City's wastewater treatment plant.
s/ John G. Barisone
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