The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Water Rate Increase for RSF and Solana Beach Moving Closer to Implementation

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The Santa Fe Irrigation District is moving closer to establishing the first 9 percent rate increase for customers. This would be the first rate increase since 2013.

The RSF Review reports:

"At its meeting on Thursday, March 17, the board voted 3-2, with directors Greg Gruzdowich and Marlene King opposed, to set a public hearing on the rate plan for May 19.

Before that date, the district will send out an eight-page notice detailing the rate plan to customers and property owners in the district, and hold three community forums to explain the rate plan and answer questions...

A final vote will take place after the public hearing in May. If approved, the new rates would take effect June 1. While the overall impact of the plan will be to raise district revenue, the effect on individual customers' bills will vary, based on such factors as amount of water used and customer classification...

The variance in the impact on customers is one of the reasons cited by Gruzdowich and King for their opposition to the plan. Gruzdowich said that under the plan, those who use a lot of water will see their bills jump by 20 to 25 percent...

The community forums on the rate plan will be held at the district office, 5920 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14; 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20; and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The full cost of service study can be viewed on the district web site, www.sfidwater.org."

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