Aug. 22, 2013
Tim Dewar, firstname.lastname@example.org
If the mail-in ballots are any indication, Ojai voters care about Tuesday’s Measure V election.
As of Thursday afternoon, according to Ventura County Elections Department official Tracy Saucedo, 1,141 of the 2,529 mail-in ballots issued for this election have been returned.
Saucedo noted that there are 4,795 eligible to cast a vote that will decide whether an additional annual tax is placed on 2,900 properties in the Golden State Water Company’s Ojai service area. If passed by a two-thirds majority of those voting, Measure V would provide up to $60 million over 30 years to purchase the system from Golden State and to provide much-needed repairs.
Casitas Municipal Water District would assume control of the community facilities district if GSWC either voluntarily sells as required in its franchise agreement with the city, or is ordered to sell as part of an eminent domain proceeding.
Saucedo said that in addition to the mail-in ballots, 14 voters have casted their vote at the Election Department’s early voting station at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura.
She warned that because the election is Tuesday, it is too late for voters to mail ballots at this point. “They can be dropped off at the Ojai City Clerk’s office Friday and Monday,” Saucedo explained. The only other option for mail-in ballots at this point is to turn them in at one of the three polling places Tuesday.
Those who still have questions about the election, where they should vote or how to surrender mail-in ballots can call her office at 654-2664 Saucedo explained.
For the Measure V election, the county will operate only three polling places. Those are the Ojai United Methodist Church at 120 Church Road, The Gables of Ojai at 701 Montgomery St. and the First Baptist Church at 930 Grand Ave. The polls will be open for voting from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Polling places that were consolidated into another location are the Ojai Presbyterian Church and Chaparral Auditorium. Those who normally vote at the Ojai Presbyterian Church will vote at the Gables of Ojai and those who normally vote at Chaparral Auditorium will be voting at the First Baptist Church.