On Tuesday at 9 AM, the Energy and Environment Committee holding a Special Meeting to discuss a multiyear increase in our beloved Sewer Service Charge. The CAO report was filed on late Friday afternoon.
The timetable is for the E & E Committee to consider this matter on Tuesday, approval by the Council on Friday, August 12, and the Mayor’s approval on August 19. Prop 218 notices would be sent on September 12. After hearings in November, the Mayor would approve this increase around Thanksgiving and the new rates would be effective on January 1, 2012.
Yet we, the Ratepayers, have not seen any detailed financial information, but it appears that the three year increase is about 21% and the five year increase is almost about 40%.
Combine this with the 21% and 26% increase in our water and power rates over the next two and a half years, 2012 will start off with a real bang.
It might be nice if Ratepayers had the opportunity to get a better understanding of the financial implications of this rate increase, especially how it impacts homeowners and commercial establishments, not just the “average” ratepayer. And it might be nice to know if our Sewer is being operated efficiently.
For your information, here are links to the E & E agenda, the Council File (10-1947), the CAO’s report dated last Friday, July 29, the obligatory power point presentation, and a May 24 City Watch article, Sewer Fees Going Up, Ratepayers About To Be Dumped On.
It seems we are getting the bum’s rush. Reports filed on a July Friday afternoon, a special meeting to the E & E Committee, less than two weeks for consideration by the Council, all in the middle of the summer vacations.
The Power Point Presentation: