SAN FERNANDO : Levies to Continue for Street Lighting

Despite objections from a handful of residents, the San Fernando City Council voted to continue tacking annual user fees on property tax bills to pay for the cost of operating 1,600 street lights in the city.

Residents who spoke during a hearing Monday charged that the method used to calculate the fees for property owners in the city's Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District was unfair. For example, a property owner with a 50-foot-wide lot pays $26.06 while the owner of a corner lot measuring 50 feet by 148 feet pays $103.21 annually.

The council agreed to study changing the method used to calculate the fees, which is based on the amount of property that fronts city streets and whether property is zoned residential, commercial or industrial.

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