Mesa Water District's Measure TT Triumphs
- 09 November 2016
Public Prefers Pursuit of Consolidation with Costa Mesa Sanitary District
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Measure TT election results indicate that local voters prefer that two districts -- Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) and Mesa Water District -- pursue consolidating into one district that would provide sewer and trash collection and water services for the community. The passage of Measure TT is a preliminary step to a formal consolidation process by the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (OC LAFCO), in collaboration with CMSD and Mesa Water®.
The non-binding advisory Measure TT asked voters: “Shall the Mesa Water District and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District pursue consolidation?” The Orange County Registrar of Voters’ most recently updated vote count from the November 8 General Election shows Measure TT passing with 14,084 “yes” votes (54.4% in favor) to 11,785 “no” votes (45.6% against). While there are ballots left to be counted, it is unlikely that there are enough to change Measure TT’s election outcome.
Measure TT was placed on the ballot after an impartial Optimal Governance Structure Study found that consolidating the Sanitary District and Mesa Water into one district could achieve substantial cost-savings for customers, including: $15.6 million in one-time savings that could provide a $650 rebate per customer, and $2.7 million in annual savings that could reduce customers’ sewer rates by up to 28%.
“Measure TT was brought forth in response to years of public discussion about why our community has two districts separately providing water, and sewer and trash collection services to an almost identical area and customer base, while the communities around us have only one provider for these services,” said Mesa Water Board President Shawn Dewane. “Using a transparent public process, Mesa Water proactively addressed this issue to ensure our community and customers receive the most effective, economical and efficient services possible.”
The Measure TT election results provide a clear signal that voters support reducing the size and cost of local government through the pursuit of consolidation. Following certification of the election results, Mesa Water will continue efforts to collaborate with CMSD on presenting a consolidation proposal for OC LAFCO to consider with additional studies and public input.
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