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Casitas Municipal Water District Expected To Decide Tonight Whether It Will Pursue Purchase, Or Takeover Attempt Of Water District In Ojai

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:55am

A water district in Ventura County is expected to make a key decision tonight over whether to pursue the potential purchase, or possible takeover of a water company serving parts of the Ojai area.

The Casitas Municipal Water District has been asked by some Golden State Water Company customers upset with what they say are higher than justified prices to pursue takeover of the water system. Company officials say the charges are justified, and that it’s unfair to compare water rates with nearby government operated water systems which also are paid for with taxes. Golden State officials have told KCLU News they aren’t interested in selling the water system.

The Water District is holding a public hearing tonight. Following the hearing, the Casitas board will decide whether it wants to pursue the issue, and ask Golden State’s 2800 customers would be asked to go to the ballot box to approve bonds to pay for the efforts.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the Matilija Junior High School Auditorium.

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