Proposed Sewer Rate Restructure
To set sewer rates that are closer in line with the size of households, EMWD is proposing a new rate structure with four blocks, based on household size, that may be adopted in January 2013. Similar to water budget-based tiered rates, the goal of any change to the rate structure is to be fair to customers, while remaining revenue neutral. If adopted, the new rate structure would be effective for bills mailed on or after February 1, 2013. A public hearing is scheduled for January 16, 2013 for the Board of Directors to dicuss and vote on the proposed change.
Future Rate Adjustments
Every year, EMWD faces increases in operating costs due to inflation and/or changes in the cost of imported water. While we continually seek ways to lower costs and operate as efficiently as possible, annual adjustments to the rates are sometimes necessary. Therefore, at the January 16, 2013 public hearing, the EMWD Board of Directors will consider automatic adjustments in water and sewer rates each year from 2014 through 2018 for inflation and/or changes in the cost of imported water. These adjustments would be limited to the increases in the Consumer Price Index for EMWD’s service area each year as well as any pass through increases or decreases in the cost of imported water that EMWD purchases from The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). EMWD has virtually no control over the amounts set by MWD and must pass those costs through to EMWD’s customers.
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