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Oxnard Council to consider wastewater rate increase at 3-7-17 meeting

Oxnard Council to consider wastewater rate increase at 3-7-17 meeting

By George Miller At the 3-7-17 meeting, the Oxnard City Council will consider 5 1/4% annual rate increases for the next five years. This totals 74% compounded, when last year’s increase is considered.   The increases are controversial, since they involve substantial capital investment, which some claim could be deferred and taking on large new […]

Oxnard to Raise Sewer Rates Again

Oxnard to Raise Sewer Rates Again

Moving Oxnard Forward   Aaron —  74%!! Really?!  Last week, a bare majority of the Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) embraced a recommendation by city staff that the Oxnard City Council raise your sewer bill by a whopping 74%. The plan calls for 5.25% increases for each of the next five years on top of […]

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

By Steve Nash (Editor’s note: Utilities Panel alternate, 2016 member, retired Wastewater employee and community activist Steve Nash comments on the just-concluded activities of the Panel). As we head into the fifth meeting of the URAP (Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel) I have a few thoughts on the process. I was selected as a residential alternate […]

Santa Paula Council: Food Vendors, Roundabouts, Wastewater, General Plan, Water-Sewer Rates

Santa Paula Council: Food Vendors, Roundabouts, Wastewater, General Plan, Water-Sewer Rates

By Sheryl Hamlin Five items were discussed during the Order of Business on February 6, 2017 which had come to council previously. Food Vendors SR 126 “Safety Enhancement Project” Operations and Maintenance Agreement with American Water for the Wastewater Plant General Plan Update Standing Committee on Water and Sewer Rates State Route (SR) 126 Safety […]

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

By George Miller & Dan Pinedo Introduction The Wednesday 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers advisory panel meeting (agenda) was again contentious. City staff members and consultants are getting their presentations done and releasing more data needed for the Panel to evaluate the rate setting process and subsequent recommendations. However, three Panel members are opposing staff control of […]

First panel meeting on proposed wastewater rate increases set for Jan. 25, 2017 at Oxnard PACC

First panel meeting on proposed wastewater rate increases set for Jan. 25, 2017 at Oxnard PACC

WHAT Join us for the first Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) meeting to learn about proposed wastewater rates. The panel is composed of residents, businesses and agricultural utility customers who will meet with City representatives to give input on proposed wastewater rate increases. Community members are invited to attend the meeting to hear the discussion […]

Application deadline for wastewater ratepayers advisory panel extended to Jan. 12, 2017

Application deadline for wastewater ratepayers advisory panel extended to Jan. 12, 2017

The City of Oxnard encourages residents and business owners to apply for the utility ratepayers advisory panel (URAP) by Jan. 12, 2017, to provide feedback as the City begins the process of setting new rates for proposed wastewater rate increases in 2017. The URAP will consist of three members representing single-family residential residents, one member representing multi-family residential residents […]

Oxnard City Manager Enterprise Funds Update

Oxnard  City Manager Enterprise Funds Update

By Greg Nyhoff Wishing you a safe and blessed New Years Holiday.   I want to provide you a brief update regarding the City’s Utility Enterprises.  We have been meeting and working on our Water and Wastewater Enterprises.  We have also been discussing our needs to raise rates for Environmental Resources but the needs in […]

City of Oxnard’s wastewater and general funds placed on negative CreditWatch by Standard and Poor’s

City of Oxnard’s wastewater and general funds placed on negative CreditWatch by Standard and Poor’s

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) placed both the City’s wastewater and general funds on CreditWatch with negative implications, effective Nov. 22, 2016. Below are summaries of S&P’s reports. The full reports detailing the rationale behind S&P’s decision are available on the City’s website at www.oxnard.org/financialoutlook. In its report on the City’s wastewater fund, S&P stated that […]

Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future

Directly drinking treated wastewater could be in Californians’ future
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