Supervisors to vote on proposed amendment to water district bill

San Luis Obispo County supervisors on Wednesday voted to schedule a discussion and vote during next Tuesday's board meeting on a proposed amendment to legislation to form a Paso Robles groundwater management district.

Earlier this week, Supervisor Bruce Gibson, chairman of the board, sent a letter to the bill's author Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian saying the board supported the amendment it because it conforms with the county's legislative platform supporting the formation of a water district.

However, Supervisor Debbie Arnold and some North County residents objected, saying they want a separate discussion and vote and noted that Achadjian had originally asked that supervisors place the item on their June 17 agenda. Wednesday's vote to amend next Tuesday's agenda came during a budget hearing.

The amendment would change the eligibility requirement for three publicly elected at-large members of the proposed district's board to allow them to be residents of the district rather than property owners.

Dan Buckshi, county administrative officer, said the discussion on the amendment will be placed at the end of Tuesday's agenda. A corrected agenda is expected to be published Friday.

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