Lompico Voters deny merger with SLV Water District

Real Estate Agent with Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. 01468388

REVISION 3/4/15 One voter in Lompico was all it took to negate the merger with the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.    Whenever someone says that it doesn't matter whether or not they vote, share this story - Lompico Water District will remain independent and will not merge - Measure N failed by 1 vote!
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original post :It looks like voters in Lompico have approved the merger with the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.

Final results will take a few weeks to tabulate, and the vote requires a 2/3rds  majority to pass.    According to the Scotts Valley Press Banner 2/27/15 edition, page 3, so far 317 people or 67% have voted to approve.


Loch Lomond Reservoir

Lompico residents live quite close to idyllic Loch Lomond.   Ironically, the water in this reservoir is for residents of the city of Santa Cruz.

This has been a hotly contested issue for the tiny Lompico community in the Santa Cruz Mountains.   Because I list and show property here, I've seen many home-made signs arguing for or against the measure.

Recently, Lompico was  listed as one of the top 20 communities in the state of California that was in real danger of running out of water.    The reasons why this state of affairs came to be are many, but it has been said that the previous management of this water district serving about 500 households had run into many problems.    There have been reports of past mismanagement, including failing and leaking water tanks and water distribution lines.

Without going into the arguments for or against the merger, I will say that I believe resolution of the problem is almost certain to improve property values in this community.    That's because the average home buyer doesn't want to purchase a home where the water supply, quality, or the costs to deliver water, are uncertain.

update 3/4/15 Santa Cruz Sentinel reports estimated water bills will increase by $600 / year.    I think, due to the need to upgrade much of the existing infrastructure of this water district, these costs could rise.



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Comments (4)

Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

M. C.

Seems like they are a bit off here when the choice is no water versus some cost increases. Many the no all have wells?? cheers cvc

Mar 11, 2015 01:30 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Curtis Van Carter Thanks for stopping by!    The Lompico Water Board  thought it would be best to merge with the larger neighboring water district, but graciously has acknowledged the voters' wishes.   The board is going to do their best to maintain their wells, shore up their distribution lines and patch the leaking water tanks.    Time will tell how much that will cost, but at least the direction that needs to be taken is clear now.

Mar 12, 2015 02:15 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Water in California is serious business, my brother who lives there talks about it all the time. It sounds like there will be a merger that will hopefully help all those involved.

Regarding your question, if you did an FHA streamline, under $35,000 in renovations, half the money is supposed to be paid out at closing the balance upon completion. If you did a full 203 K, there is a payment schedule set up subject to the work that is supposed to be completed for each draw.

Apr 01, 2015 03:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I bet the subject of water is a touchy subject in California, and great public information to get out!

Apr 22, 2015 11:31 PM