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September Water News... from the Desk of Marlene King, SFID Director, Div. 3

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Rate Increase report, or Cost of Service Study (COSS), presented at September 17 Board Meeting

Non-Drought Rates for Single Family Residences (SFR):

 Proposed 
 Current

Tier 1: 1 – 15 units - $2.09
Tier 1: 1 – 15 units - $2.70

Tier 2: 16 – 37 units - $2.52
Tier 2: 16 – 300 units - $3.84

Tier 3: 38 – 165 units - $4.54
Tier 3: over 300 units - $4.39

Tier 4: over 165 units - $5.31

 

Bi-monthly Fixed Charges also proposed to increase:  meter sizes 5/8” & 3/4” increase from $58.47 to $69.31; 1” meters increase from $92.93 to $110.67; 1.5” meters increase from $179.10 to $213.53; 2” meters increase from $282.49 to $339.82

Note: The proposed bi-monthly fixed meter charges do not include additional increases mandated by the San Diego Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District. Some of these increases are fixed, and some of these charges are based on volumetric use. 

 

The COSS also proposed Drought Rates, and the following Drought Rates are for SFR:

Level 2 (up to 20%)
Level 2.5 (up to 30%)
Level 3 (up to 40%)
Level 4 (> 40%)

Tier 1: $2.47
Tier 1: $2.75
Tier 1: $3.20
Tier 1: $3.70
      

Tier 2: $2.99
Tier 2: $3.34
Tier 2: $3.87
Tier 2: $4.48

Tier 3: $5.37
Tier 3: $6.00
Tier 3: $6.96
Tier 3: $8.05

Tier 4: $6.29
Tier 4: $7.02
Tier 4: $8.14
Tier 4: $9.42

 

Note: The proposed drought rates cannot be compared to any drought rates currently in effect, as the current “allocation penalty” is not a drought rate, but a financial penalty to encourage compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board directive that S.F.I.D. reduce water use 36% compared to the 2013 baseline year.

 

Schedule of upcoming S.F.I.D. Board Meetings:

Special Meeting October 1st, 9:30 am start time; finalize Board policy considerations

Regular Meeting October 15th, 8:30 am start time; review final Draft Rate Proposal

Special Meeting November 5th, 9:30 am start time; review COSS Report & Rate Proposal

Regular Meeting November 19th, 8:30 am start time; receive and file COSS and Rate Proposal, Schedule Public Hearing

Special Meeting December 3rd, 9:30 am start time;

Regular Meeting December 17th, 8:30 am start time; receive public comment

Regular Meeting January 21st, 8:30 am start time; Hold Public Hearing to consider rate proposal.

 

Five Directors will vote on whether to accept these proposed rates: three Directors from Solana Beach and two Directors from RSF/Fairbanks Ranch. One need only examine previous S.F.I.D. water bills to apply the proposed tier rate increases, adjust for increased meter charges, adjust for yet-to-be-established County Water Authority and MET pass-through increases, to then determine the financial impact of these proposed rates on your individual S.F.I.D. water bill. Attend Board Meetings. State your position on these proposed rates.