Property owners could reverse hike

VISTA (AP) — To trim $9 million from their budget, Vista officials say they will shut off half of the city’s residential street lights in March unless property owners agree to pay higher lighting fees.

Fees could cost residents of the north San Diego County city between $4 and $20 a year.

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KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports.

In turn, Vista residents complained about bright lights at the new City Hall.

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City spokeswoman Andrea McCullough tells the North County Times that lights in the park behind the building have been shut off and lights in front of the Civic Center have been dimmed.

Inside the building, she says lights are being dimmed at 7 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.

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Most lights are energy-efficient so dimming them won’t save much, but McCullough says residents will at least know the city is doing its part.

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