RATES INCREASE UPDATE
The District’s Board of Directors held a public hearing on the proposed rates on July 14, 2022. The District received 8 letters of protest on the proposed water rate increase. After the Public Hearing the Board was faced with a tough decision, to be financially responsible and prudent with reserves, the Board of Directors approved to increase the water rates by $1.30. The new water rate is $8.58 per 748 gallons.
The District’s Board of Directors held a public hearing on the proposed rates on July 14, 2022. The District received 7 letters of protest on the proposed sewer rate increase. The District was faced with a $0.75 per unit increase in sewer charges from NSMCSD effective July 1, 2022. After the public hearing the Board approved to pass on the $0.75 per unit increase with no additional charge by the District. The new sewer rate is $11.05 per unit applied to the amount of water consumed during January-February 2022 meter reading to determine the annual sewer charge collected on the upcoming property tax roll, with a minimum charge of $132.60 per year
We understand the frustration you may feel when you are asked to conserve water and are still told rates will increase. Many of the District’s costs, including delivery infrastructure maintenance are fixed and are not reduced when customers conserve water. In other words, as you conserve water, our revenue declines while expenses remain the same or increase.
All the rate increases are effective July 1, 2022.