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How can I dispute/protest?

Mail or hand-deliver written protests to:
Clerk to the Board, El Dorado Irrigation District
2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Protests must identify the street address or Assessor’s Parcel (APN) number and the parcel(s) in which the party signing the protest has an interest.

Emailed, faxed, or electronic protests will not be accepted and must be received at EID by 9:00 a.m. on April 27, 2020.

Can I dispute the proposed rate changes verbally?

No. Under Proposition 218, EID must receive a written protest with a signature.

Do I need to send a separate letter to protest each service?

No. You can identify each service for which you are protesting the proposed rate increases in one letter.

I am a tenant; can I submit a dispute/protest?

If the party signing the protest is not shown on the last equalized assessment roll of El Dorado County as the owner of the parcel(s), the protest must contain or be accompanied by written evidence that such party is the owner of the parcel(s), unless the protest is by a tenant who pays the utility bills. Tenants who pay the utility bills can submit a written protest. If both the owner and tenant submit a protest letter, only one written protest per parcel will be counted.

Why is EID changing the rates?

These rate adjustments are needed to continue to provide safe, reliable, and high-quality water, wastewater, and recycled water services for our customers.

Based on the most recent board-approved financial plan, it has been determined that rate adjustments are necessary to continue to provide safe and reliable essential services. Costs of operating and maintaining our diverse and historical business don't go down, and to expect that rates remain the same while costs are increasing is unrealistic.

Our infrastructure needs re-investment to replace, rebuild, and upgrade the system to keep up with changing and more demanding regulatory requirements. EID is committed to long-term and balanced financing for to meet our customers needs and service expectations, making sure our rates are in line with our financial planning ensures we meet those requirements.

What projects are going to be done with this money?

There are many projects that are reliant on this proposed increase. For a detailed list, please visit our website to review the financial plan and five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

What rate adjustments are being proposed and how will my bill change?

  • For the AVERAGE WATER CUSTOMER, it means an increase of $8.63 per bill in 2021 and additional increases of $6.17 in 2022, $6.47 in 2023, $6.80 in 2024 and $7.15 in 2025.
  • For the AVERAGE WATER AND WASTEWATER CUSTOMER, it’s an increase of  $1.84 per bill in 2021 and additional increases of $6.17 in 2022, $7.82 in 2023, $8.15 in 2024, and $11.26 in 2025.
  • For the AVERAGE WATER, WASTEWATER, AND RECYCLED WATER CUSTOMER, it’s an increase of  $7.42 per bill in 2021 and additional increases of $7.30 in 2022, $9.00 in 2023, $9.40 in 2024, and $12.56 in 2025.
  • For the AVERAGE WASTEWATER (SEWER) CUSTOMER, it means a DECREASE of $6.79 per bill in 2021, no increase in 2022, and increases of $1.35 in 2023, $1.35 in 2024, and $4.11 in 2025.

Additional information is posted on our Prop 218 2020 webpage.

Why are rates set so far into the future?

A multi-year rate structure provides transparency, aligns with our CIP and Operating budgets and financial plan. It also precludes the need to revisit the Proposition 218 process more frequently reducing administrative costs, and allows our customers to plan for future costs more accurately.

Can EID ever charge more than the approved rates?

No. That would require starting a whole new Proposition 218 process.

What accommodations are being made for people on fixed incomes who just can't afford a rate increase?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer discounted rates to fixed income residents without making up the discount from some other source, and state law (Proposition 218) prohibits any property owner from being charged more than their proportional cost of service. In other words, EID can’t subsidize some of its customers by overcharging other customers.

EID does have a Helping Hands Program in place. If you are in need of assistance please contact us at billing@eid.org or call us at 530.642.4000.

I heard about rate increase, but didn’t receive paperwork. How can I get a copy?

Download Proposition 218

How many protests will it take to stop the rate changes?

Proposition 218 requires a simple majority of 50 percent of the affected parcels plus one. EID will count protests to water rates, wastewater rates, and recycled water rates separately, to see if any have a majority protest.

What is the consequence if the proposed rate changes are voted down?

The rate adjustments are needed to maintain the current level of service for all EID utility customers and pay for the costs of operating and maintaining complex water treatment and distribution systems, as well as collection and treatment systems for wastewater. Without these rate adjustments, the public could see reduced levels of service.

When will the proposed rate adjustments take effect?

If the Board approves the rates at the public hearing on April 27 then the approved 2021 rates would go into effect January 2021.

The Prop 218 Notice reflects the maximum the Board can approve each year. The Board will review EID's budget and financial plan to determine if and what rate changes will go into effect for each year, with the maximum being the amount set forth in the Prop 218 Notice.

Learn More About District Finances

The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on April 27 at the El Dorado Irrigation District headquarters located at 2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville.

How long will these rates be in effect?

The rates will remain in effect indefinitely or until the EID Board of Directors decides to change them.

How are rates determined?

Though our Cost of Services Study which was presented at the February 10, 2020 regular Board meeting.