“SANTA CRUZ- The city announced Tuesday an anti-desalination group has narrowly collected the required number of signatures to place a measure on November’s ballot asking voters whether they want a future say in building a plant.
The Right to Vote on Desal Coalition was required to collect signatures from 15 percent of registered city voters, or 5,442 signatures. The group submitted 8,715 signatures, and the city clerk has verified 5,524 of them -an 82-vote margin equal to just 1 percent.
The City Council will vote July 24 to certify the petition, which asks voters whether they want the right to approve a proposed $115 million facility that removes salt from seawater to produce drinking-quality water. The plant, shared with neighboring Soquel Creek Water District, would produce at least 2.5 million gallons of new supply each day if approved by the council and a host of state and federal regulators.
But the city has already granted voters the right to weigh in.”
Read more: Santa Cruz Sentinel