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Supervisors Delay Vote on Proposed Sewer Tax

Amid protests by Malibu residents, Los Angeles County supervisors Thursday postponed until May 22 a vote on whether to approve tax assessments for a proposed sewer system in the seaside community.

Sewer opponents complained that they are being asked to pay up to 37% more in taxes than originally stated and that commercial users and Pepperdine University would not be charged enough under the plan.

The county’s original tax estimates had to be revised after the state Coastal Commission last November voted to reduce the size of the proposed $43-million system. County officials say that because the commission ordered that the system’s commercial capacity be trimmed, residential users had to be charged more.

By law, four votes are needed to approve the reassessment. Only three supervisors attended Thursday’s hearing.

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