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Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Says Major Sewage Rate Hike On Central Coast Justified

A huge hike in annual sewage charges for one Central Coast community has left some people angry, but a new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the increase is justified.

The rates for the Laguna County Sanitation District in the Orcutt area have gone up 87% in the last six years. The district did a series of studies focused on the need for a major overhaul, and update to the more than half century old facility.

The Grand Jury review says that the district did a good job of documenting major problems with the current facility, and what needs to be done to upgrade it.

The Laguna County district serves about 11,700 residential and business customers with a 128 mile long system.