CSD Moving Ahead – Phelan and Pinon Hills Community Service District Will Be On November 2007 Ballot

CSD Moving Ahead – Phelan and Pinon Hills Community Service District Will Be On November 2007 Ballot

Charles Johnson

(Best Syndication) Thursday night Charles Johnson told the Phelan Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) that the Community Service District (CSD) has passed some hurdles and will be on the November ballot. He will meeting with 1st District Country Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt on Friday and there will be a public meeting Saturday morning at 8 am at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall on the corner of Johnson and Nielson Roads.

Johnson said that the County Board of Supervisors had approved the CSD application back on August 22nd 2006. Last week the CSD received a Environmental Repot negative mitigation. The negative is a good thing, according to Johnson. The only issue that needed mitigation was the tax money.

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Johnson said that Pinon Hills puts in around $700,000 for county fire protection. A piece of that money goes to providing funds for the Wrightwood Park. That accounted to about $40,000 last year. If the CSD passes, the money would go back to Pinon Hills and not go towards the park. There would be an environmental impact, but this can be worked out.

The County auditor will be able to work out a plan so that Wrightwood would still get the funds. The state agency overseeing the formation of local governments, LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission), will hold a public hearing on May 16th.
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Special Districts received an “opinion” from the County council that all of the pooled equipment belongs to the county and not the CSD. Johnson said that Helendale ran into this problem when they created their CSD, and we are learning from their mistakes. This equipment includes tractors and other equipment. Johnson said that we could run into the same problem, “but it is good to go second”.

The cities of Victorville and Hesperia have been pushing their way into the Phelan area, annexing land along the way. One advantage to the CSD is the halt to that. The land, according to Johnson, could become off limits to their expansion. The local community will have more control over lot size and may have more influence in zoning and other regulations.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

YouTube Video of Charles Johnson at Phelan MAC Meeting

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