The deadline to turn in ballots is this coming Tuesday.
A week after the ballots are turned in on Tuesday the 10th, Santa Clarita will finally have a decision on Open Space. Ballots were sent in the mail back in May, but residents still have an opportunity to vote up until Tuesday, the 10th. Proponents say the ultimate decision on Open Space is a serious one and will affect Santa Clarita forever.
If the Open Space measure doesn’t pass, developers will be able to purchase and develop land around the City,. The open space initiative will allow Santa Clarita to buy the land and preserve it as open space or parkland.
Some residents have voted “no” on the decision because of the $25 yearly property tax assessment, that will pay for the land purchases.
By paying the $25 a year, a “greenbelt” around the city’s borders could be established, preserving views and raising home values. The City will then have control of growth, crime, and congestion. It is no surprise that Santa Clarita is rapidly growing, and many say that this is the only way to prevent Santa Clarita from becoming another San Fernando Valley.
All ballots are due Tuesday and whether you support or oppose the Open Space measure, it's important to turn in your ballot before the 10th.