Residents living in the City of Santa Clarita pay less for their municipal services than their neighbors living in unincorporated areas, but receive more services according to the City of Santa Clarita.
Residents living in the City of Santa Clarita do not pay a 5% utility users tax that those in the unincorporated, County of Los Angeles area pay. The utility user’s tax is a direct tax on utilities including water, phone, gas and electric. Residents living in the City of Santa Clarita also receive a discount on popular recreation and sports programs offered through the City’s award-winning Parks and Recreation department.
Further, residents living in the City have a higher level of law enforcement. The City’s 52-square mile area is patrolled by 17 patrol cars each, compared to the 400-square mile unincorporated area which is patrolled by five Sheriff cars each day.
Through the City’s residential trash franchise agreement, City residents pay $16.25 a month for unlimited recycling, weekly trash pick up, on call curbside collection of used oil, bulky item pickup, regular street sweeping and more, as compared to more than $22 per month residents pay in the unincorporated areas.
“City residents enjoy representation by five locally elected city councilmembers, representing 178,000 people, compared with their neighbors in the County who are represented by one supervisor who represents over 2 million people,” explains Darren Hernandez, the City’s Administrative Services Director. “City Council meetings are televised live on local channel 20 and are held in the early evening hours to accommodate working people,” added Hernandez.
Santa Clarita is renowned for its excellent neighborhood and regional parks, 30 miles of picturesque, off-street trails, diverse sports programs, a skate park, state-of-the-art community center and aquatics center, as well as a high quality life.