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Templeton evaluates what it would take to become a city

The process could take three years
Posted at 6:13 PM, Feb 14, 2020

The Templeton Community Services District says the town is exploring what it would take to become a city.

The main reason behind the change would be due to more residents being interested in having more local control over the town.

"The community of Templeton is really proud of their character and wants to maintain their character. They don't want to be swallowed up by surrounding cities," said Pamela Jardini, a board member with TCSD.

Right now, the town is limited when it comes to things like engaging in economic development activities to bring in more money, involvement in social matters and setting zoning regulations.

"We don't have any control over land use planning, any control or influence over police services as well," said Geoff English, the TCSD's president.

There are a few possible roadblocks to becoming a city.

"We would need more commercial growth to have a sustainable tax base. One of the other issues is the state legislator laws have changed. They are now holding onto DMV revenues and not giving it back to the cities, so that's a big tax we wouldn't receive," said Jardini.

The cost for the transition could be more than $200,000 which would have to be raised by grassroots organizations. The process could take about three years.