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Supervisors vote to consolidate sanitation services

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to consolidate nine sanitation and sewer maintenance districts into a single entity.

The board's action will combine the Campo Water and Sewer, Winter Gardens, Harmony Grove and East Otay Mesa Sewer Maintenance Districts and the Alpine, Julian, Lakeside and Pine Valley Sanitation Districts into a single sanitation district, the San Diego County Sanitation District.

Because that single district does not yet exist, the board first voted to annex all districts into the Spring Valley Sanitation District and then renamed it San Diego County Sanitation District.

Both actions take effect July 1.

The decision will set a uniform annual rate of $336 per residence in all service areas, according to the board. This rate will be less than what residents now pay in Alpine, Campo, Julian, Lakeside and Pine Valley.

Residents in East Otay Mesa will see their rates increase by about 8 percent annually. Residents in Winter Gardens will see their annual rates increase by 55 percent, but will keep their current annual rate of $216 for three years.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob called the vote "excellent news for unincorporated residents."

"This is another great effort by this county to consolidate and bring together resources to conserve efficiency," she said.

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