The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has decided to not stand in the way of a San Luis Obispo ranch family's request to change the county lines around its property.
The Perrett family wants 4,735 acres on the east side of Highway 101 next to the Santa Maria River and Bull Canyon Road to shift from SLO to Santa Barbara County.
The Santa Barbara County supervisors had the opportunity to file a written protest to the boundary change, but opted to endorse the switch. The city of Santa Maria also did not oppose the possible boundary change.
H.D. and Carol Perrett petitioned SLO County for the boundary change in July because they wanted improved sheriff services to prevent theft of their crops. The Perrett's 37,000-acre Suey Ranch has 19,000 acres in SLO County and 18,000 acres in Santa Barbara County.
In its report, SLO County staff noted that new sheriff deputies have been hired to focus on ag crime, which will likely improve safety for the Perrett family property.
Such a boundary shift would also cost SLO County upwards of $100,000 in annual property taxes
The lines won't be redrawn quite yet- the SLO County Board of Supervisors plans to consider the proposal on Oct. 4. County staff recommend that the supervisors deny the boundary change.