Yucca Valley, Ca.- It was a packed room at the Yucca Valley Community Center as the Hi-Desert Water District provided a special presentation to the business owners hosted by our local Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. This was one of the series of outreach meetings to explain the assessment districts “How and Why” for the HDWD waste water treatment plant and sewers.
The news was not good news the business owners as they soon realized they would be facing a $100,000 assessment up to $200,000 for their contribution to the sewer project. Ron Hill, owner of the Rib Company, recently expanded the restaurant to open a gourmet Italian Restaurant here in Yucca Valley and that move may have cost him dearly. Not only did he invest in the improvements and upgrades for the expansion, it also increased his water usage which increased his tab to a $200,000 sewer assessment, according to his calculations.
Having attended many of the presentations, the information still seemed overwhelming to hear promises of grants and promises of debt forgiveness by the State of California Revolving Fund by the Hi-Desert Water District Staff. This presentation provided an additional slide which was specific to the business owners but it was too hard to read on the large screen and there were no fliers made available for the audience. HDWD CFO/ Mayor Pro-tem Frank Luckino used the term “365 days” in one statement to calculate annual water usage and then on two following statements accidentally said “365 years.”
A member of a family that recently invested millions of dollars in our community had this to say about this business presentation:
-The information presented is confusing at best. Assessor Parcel Numbers (APN’s) need to be listed with the phases on the website.
-The district needs a “Revenue Requirements and Rate Analysis” which will give hard facts of the cost.
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