Whole new situation, same old lies (January 7, 2015)

Within days of being notified of a proposed ballot initiative to force a vote on this issue (Say in water war sought, Daily Press, December 22, 2015), the Town cranked up its propaganda machine again, again promising ratepayers protection in the form of having a say in future rate increases.

What they won’t tell you about community ownership of the water system. Part 1. If the Town owned the water system, any water rate increases would be subject to the California Proposition 218 process. Under 218, water rate increases require your consent. […]

Town of Apple Valley, Facebook

But what the Town isn’t telling you is that as far as they are concerned, Proposition 218 is a dead letter. In fact, the Town is currently being sized up for a multi-million-dollar lawsuit over its repeated disregard for the constraints of Prop. 218, by a law firm that specializes in such litigation.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the rate increases on your trash and sewer bill. Those rates are controlled by the Town of Apple Valley. They don’t conform to the demands of Prop. 218, and you didn’t get to vote on them.

Only a fool would believe them when they promise to start following the law once they gain control of our water rates.

Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.