Randy Martin: Protect the voters and the ratepayers

Proposed districts if the consolidation of Castaic Lake Water Agency and the Newhall County Water District are finalized via legislation.

I am against the water merger in the Santa Clarita Valley.

We first need a forensic audit of the Castaic Lake Water Agency because they are borrowing money from a property tax fund that is supposed to be reserved for capital improvements.

Newhall County Water District voters should be protected by ensuring a referendum process is held on any decision to dissolve their water district.

Groundwater in existing service areas, including Santa Clarita Water Division and Newhall County Water, may not be transferred for use outside the immediate district.

We urge legislators to vote no on the water merger.

Dr. Randy Martin is a Valencia resident.

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