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Sewer Rate Hike Protest Fills Council Chambers

By Dave Scholl, Categories: News, Local Life, Business, City+School

The Dixon City Council chamber was packed almost to capacity this past Tuesday, as about 90 Dixon residents attended to protest the recent doubling of Sewer Fees and the council’s refusal to allow the issue to go on the ballot in the November General Election. The protest rally caught members of the council by surprise, as Mayor Batchelor and Council members Steve Bird and Jerry Casteñon snuck by the crowd and into the chambers - where the doors were closed until shortly before the meeting was to begin. Vice-Mayor Thom Bogue, however, joined the crowd and encouraged their participation. The rally continued to grow in size both outside the chambers, and once inside. An obviously nervous mayor Batchelor - whose voice was quivering and body language should discomfort and annoyance - announced at the beginning of the Public Comments of Items Not on the Agenda, that speakers would be limited to a maximum of five minutes.

Mayor & Council Thumb Noses at Voters

By Dave Scholl, Categories: Business, Local Life, News, Today

Once again at the City Council meeting Tuesday, June 10, the people showed emphatically their opposition to the doubling of sewer rates and commitment to borrow $30 million

Dixon Sewer Referenda Headed for November Ballot

By Dave Scholl, Categories: News, Local Life, Viewpoints, Business, City+School

The two referenda on the Dixon Sewer controversy have succeeded in gathering more than the required number of valid signatures of registered Dixon voters, according to a preliminary review by the petitioners - the Dixon Chapter of the Solano County Taxpayers Association (DC-SCTA). As of 5 pm Sunday May 18, 2014, the group had collected over 1,400 and verified that over 1,100 were verified as being registered. The group compared the signatures with a list from the Solano County Registrar of Voters.

Proven Microbiological System Could Solve Dixon Sewer Issue & Save Millions

By Dave Scholl, Categories: City+School, Business, Local Life, News, Today

City Staff Hide Option from Council Since 2010 Proven Microbiological System Could Solve Dixon Sewer Issue & Save Millions. "Green" Tech Firm Interest in Dixon as Demonstration Project A proven advanced waste water treatment technique using microbiology could resolve Dixon’s sewer issues within months, and at a cost of less than one-dollar per month per hook-up. That is in contrast to a $30 million “activated sludge” project that can’t be on line until late 2015, and will double sewer fees to every Dixon home. In fact, the advanced system could have been in operation over three years ago if local officials hadn’t ignored the information and hid it from the City Council when it was first provided to the staff in 2010

Dixon Taxpayers Group will Challenge Sewer Hike with Two Ballot Measures

By Dave Scholl, Categories: Business, City+School, Local Life, News, Today

The Dixon Chapter of the Solano County Taxpayers Association has voted to sponsor two ballot measures to stop a doubling of sewer rates and to roll back the rates to those in effect prior to 2006.

News Alert! - Looming Crisis - Dixon Illegally Collected $3 Million from Dixon Residents & Businesses

By Dave Scholl, Categories: Today, News, Local Life, City+School

The City of Dixon has illegally collected an estimated $3 Million dollars from Dixon sewer customers over the past 6 years – and is now attempting to impose sewer rates that will also illegally collect $1.2 Million more per year - in violation of Dixon's Measure L Ordinance which requires a vote of the people for any such increases.

Council Votes to Double Sewer Rates - Ignores Over 2000 Protests

By Dave Scholl, Categories: Today, Education, News, Local Life, City+School

The Dixon City Council voted at the regular meeting on Tuesday February 11 to double sewer fees, despite receiving 2101 verified protests – about 700 protests short of the number needed to automatically stop the rate increase.

City Council Votes on Doubling Sewer Fees Tuesday, February 11

By Dave Scholl, Categories: Today, News, Local Life, Viewpoints, Business, City+School

The main issue on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday February 11 was a Public Hearing on the proposed Sewer Rate increase. If imposed, the rates would increase annual in steps until they are double the current rates - and triple the rates two years ago.

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