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EID Rate Increases Approved
Contact: Jesse Saich, Public Information Officer, (530) 642-4127, firstname.lastname@example.org
Placerville, Calif. — At its January 11 meeting, the EID Board of Directors approved a series of rate increases for water, wastewater (sewer), and recycled water for 2016 through 2020.
The district sent Proposition 218 notices to all of its customers, detailing the proposed rate changes for the more than 40,000 service accounts.
“Overall, the Prop 218 process resulted in a one percent protest rate across the rate classes,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “A number of ratepayers expressed their concerns at the public hearing, but I think a large majority of our customers understand the underlying needs for these modest increases. As our water, sewer, and recycled water systems age, it is important to continue investing in replacing, rebuilding, and expanding them in accordance with our long-term, balanced financial plan.”
The rate increases are designed to bring in the revenue needed to cover operating expenses and meet debt service obligations for vital capital projects like the emergency Esmeralda tunnel repairs ($6.1 million), Forebay dam modifications ($19 million), flume replacement ($11.6 million), Main Ditch piping ($6 million), and Sly Park Intertie ($6.6 million).
“We have put in place prudent and sustainable financial controls,” said Abercrombie. “We aim to maximize cost efficiencies while also ensuring our infrastructure is able to safely and reliably deliver the expected service. Our customers are right to expect this of EID. Everybody at EID expects this as well, from the board of directors to the teams who respond to repair line breaks in the middle of the night.”
For water, the 2016–2020 increases are 5%, 5%, 4%, 3%, and 3%. Sewer rate increases are 0%, 5%, 4%, 3%, and 3%. And recycled water rates will increase by 5%, 5%, 4%, 3%, and 3%.
Average water customer bills will see an increase of $2.50 per month in 2016 and additional increases of $2.62 in 2017, $2.21 in 2018, $1.72 in 2019 and $1.78 in 2020.
Average dual-plumbed customer bills will increase by $2.23 per month in 2016 with additional increases of $2.35 in 2017, $1.97 in 2018, $1.54 in 2019, and $1.59 in 2020.
Average sewer customer bills will see a monthly increase of $3.35 in 2017, and additional increases of $2.82 in 2018, $2.20 in 2019, and $2.26 in 2020. There is no sewer rate increase for 2016.
The first increase will take effect on February 1, 2016. All subsequent increases will be effective on or after January 1 of each year beginning January 2017 through January 2020.
Along with the rate increase, the board approved changes to the Small Farm and Agricultural Users with a Residence rates. These rate classes will now be charged residential usage rates for both tiers 1 and 2. Usage above tier 2 will stay at the agricultural rate level.
EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.