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— Retire Water System Debt by Sale of the Downtown Sewer System —

Local
November 7, 2017 —Local Elections

City of Perris
Measure G - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

1,216 votes yes (59.81%)

817 votes no (40.19%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (14/14).
  • 2,033 ballots counted.

Shall the ordinance known as the SALE OF THE CITY OF PERRIS DOWNTOWN SEWER SYSTEM, authorizing the City of Perris to sell the Downtown Perris Sewer System to retire Water System debt and use the remaining proceeds for park amenities, including athletic fields, be adopted?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The City of Perris owns a municipal sewer system located in the City’s Downtown area. The sewer system provides service to approximately 2,366 connections and consists of pipelines, lift stations, and other facilities required to collect and transport sewage to the Eastern Municipal Water District treatment plant.

Measure G asks the City’s voters to decide whether to authorize the sale of the City’s sewer system.

Pursuant to the California Public Utilities Code, in order to sell the sewer system the City must first submit the question to the City’s voters. If the measure is approved the City may then set a date for receiving bids. When bids are received the City may sell the sewer system to the highest and best bidder. At its meeting on July 27, 2017, the City Council adopted an ordinance placing Measure G on the ballot at the Special Municipal Election to be held on November 7, 2017.

As reported in the written and oral staff reports at the public hearing on the ordinance, the sewer system has experienced annual operating deficits. If Measure G does not pass, the City will retain the sewer system and the annual deficits are expected to continue.

A YES vote means the City can move forward with the bidding process to sell the sewer system. As stated on the ballot measure, if the sale is completed the City will use the proceeds to retire debt related to the water systems and then for park amenities, including athletic fields.

A NO vote means the City cannot move forward with the bidding process. The City would retain ownership of the sewer system, including the responsibility to fund operating costs and future capital improvements, maintenance and repairs.

If two-thirds of the voters voting in the election vote YES, Measure G will pass.

Residents who are not customers of the City’s sewer system receive sewer service from Eastern Municipal Water District. That will not change if Measure G passes.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure G. If you desire a copy of the resolutions or measure, please call the Perris City Clerk’s office at (951) 956-2925 and copies will be mailed at no cost to you.

— Perris City Attorney

Arguments FOR

Perris is a family-oriented community that focuses on providing recreational opportunities for the youth of the City. City leaders are committed to looking for additional funding to provide parks and athletic fields for the residents of Perris.

Measure G is good for Perris. After careful consideration, the City Council placed Measure G on the ballot to seek voter approval to sell the City's sewer system. The City's sewer system infrastructure is expected to need substantial maintenance and replacement in the coming years. Although the sewer system only serves a portion of Perris, part of the cost of the sewer system will be paid by all Perris taxpayers.

Putting taxpayer funds to work for the community: The money from the sale will be used to retire debt and to fund parks and athletic fields. Passing Measure G brings funds to the City which will be reinvested for the public good.

Quality reliable sewer service: Measure G authorizes a competitive bidding process designed to identify a partner who will work with the City to provide quality service, maintain the sewer system and provide reasonable rates.

A Yes vote is good for the residents of Perris: Protecting taxpayer funds and providing quality public services is a top priority. Measure G will protect residents, provide sewer service stability and ensure we have the best possible parks and athletic fields for families, kids and the community.

 

Please vote Yes on Measure G to ensure quality sewer service and protect taxpayers.

Michael M. Vargas, Mayor

— Perris City Clerk
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