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Natural Perspectives: Rainbow isn't stealing our gold

March 02, 2011|By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray

Proposition 218 made it easier to protest fee increases for services such as water, sewer or trash. While some tax and fee issues require a ballot measure with a two-thirds vote to pass, this is not one of them. An increase in fees for water, sewer or trash hauling requires only 50% plus one to pass. Because there are about 47,000 single-family residences in Huntington Beach, it would require about 23,501 letters, to stop a fee increase. Letters must be in the city clerk's office by March 21.

We checked with the city clerk, and as of Monday, the office had received 203 letters protesting the fee increase. Unless a heck of a lot more people protest, it looks like the fee increase will go through.

We know that things are tough and many people are still out of work. My social security checks won't be increasing for the next three years. But this fee increase is about a third of the cost of a cup of coffee.

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Rainbow is a good corporate citizen and, in our opinion, is long overdue for that fee increase. And a few more pennies a month to help support our city's infrastructure isn't a bad thing.

VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY are Huntington Beach residents and environmentalists. They can be reached at LMurrayPhD@gmail.com.

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