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Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

By Sheryl Hamlin At the September 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the council voted to present two rate increase alternatives to the citizens for a vote, one for water and one for sewer. The alternatives chosen were: 1) Raise water in a declining pattern for five years: 15%, 13%, 11%, 9%, 9% and […]

Santa Paula Council Narrows Rate Increase Options to Two Alternatives

Santa Paula Council Narrows Rate Increase Options to Two Alternatives

By Sheryl Hamlin The August 21, 2019 Santa Paula City Council lasted until about 11:00 pm with the most complicated material, the rate increase, scheduled to the later part of the meeting. Bond Presentation During the Presentations section of the meeting, Philip Curls from Hilltop Securities presented Santa Paula’s Debt Overview. Here are a few […]

Santa Paula: Rate Study Missing Pieces

Santa Paula: Rate Study Missing Pieces

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula hosted a community meeting on August 5, 2019 at the Community Center. With chairs set for 80-100 people only about 20 were present. Council previously discussed the rates on the 17th of July, which was reported here. On the dais were Public Works Director Clete Saunier, NBS Principal Greg Clumpner, […]

Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

By Sheryl Hamlin History Sewer and Water rates have not increased in years, according to commentary at various meetings. The number 8 has been used as well as the number 7. What we know for sure is that NBS was hired both in 2014 and 2016 for a rate study and no action was taken […]

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s ad hoc Water and Sewer Rate committee consisting of Mayor Garman and Council Member Crosswhite met on Thursday 10:00 am to discuss the rate study. Others in attendance were: Thai Chai, City Engineer, Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, Ikani Taumoepeau, Assistant CM, Michael Rock, City Manager,and Jackie Nunez, Assistant to City […]

Residential utility rates explained

Residential utility rates explained

The city of Oxnard operates 3 utility facilities; Solid Waste (Environmental Services aka Trash), Water, and Waste Water (aka Sewer). Each utility is operated as if they were separate businesses. The financial reporting process is tracked through a method known as Enterprise Funds. Revenue is collected together in a combined bill listing the fees for […]

VCTA former Chair David Grau running for VC Supervisor against Bennett

VCTA former Chair David Grau running for VC Supervisor against Bennett

Ventura County Taxpayers Association     Former VCTA Chair in District 1 Race By now, it is clear to many in Ventura County District 1 that David Grau, former Chairman of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, is going to make his bid to win a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2016.   Dave’s […]

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

Simi Valley Council passes Water Rate hikes over public protest

By Debra Tash Many of those speaking against the proposed water rate hike in Simi Valley complained how they have conserved water, let their lawns turn to toast, and still have to pay an increase on their utility bills because revenues are down. Staff’s presentation outlined that 72% of the user’s bill is to cover […]

Consultant says Oxnard bulk water users undercharged at the expense of consumers

Consultant says Oxnard bulk water users undercharged at the expense of consumers

By Phil Molina Editors’ note: Several activists have disputed Oxnard’s water rate structure, claiming that bulk users (agricultural, commercial and industrial) are charged lower rates than consumers and that this is illegal, per CA Proposition 218. A consultant seemed to be in agreement with them at the last Utilities Rate Review Committee, as Mr. Molina referred to […]

Local Oxnard accountant-activist makes utility rate/policy recommendations

Local Oxnard accountant-activist makes utility rate/policy recommendations

By Lawrence P. Stein Editor’s note: The new Oxnard Utilities Rates Advisory Panel, (URAP) has created quite a bit of healthy discussion. Even though he previously predicted a trebling of utility rates, he believes that consumers are being outrageously overcharged for water to support what he feels is an overly expensive,inefficient GREAT water recycling program and […]

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