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Homeowners plan to contest Morro Bay sewer project and water rate hikes

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Residents gather to protest the Morro Bay city plans for a new sewer treatment facility project. (KSBY photo) Residents gather to protest the Morro Bay city plans for a new sewer treatment facility project. (KSBY photo)

A group of Morro Bay residents are protesting against the city's new sewer project.

Dozens of people came together for a workshop organized by the group "Citizens for Affordable Living." They are contesting Morro Bay's plans to build a $167 million wastewater treatment facility, which would be funded by water bill rate increases. Under Proposition 218, homeowners can send in a certain number of protest votes to force the city to roll back the rate increase.

"The only way we know how to stop the project is to vote against any future rate increases," said Jeff Heller, who sits on the steering committee for Citizens for Affordable Living. "We approved a $75 million project three years ago and were surprised last March when that price had grown to $167 million."

Morro Bay city staff said that water rates have not increased in 20 years, citing year over year declines in the city's water fund as a reason for the increases.

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