At its October 1 meeting, the Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID) Board voted 3-2 to approve moving forward with a new rate proposal. The proposal would raise water rates annually on SFID customers by about 9 percent over the next three years starting in 2016.
"Before the new rates take effect, however, a number of steps must occur: The board will review a final version of the draft rate proposal at its next meeting, on Oct. 15, and then schedule a public hearing, mail out a written notice and receive public comment.
The public hearing is tentatively set for Jan. 21, and if approved, the new rates would be in force on Feb. 1.
The district has commissioned a study of its revenue requirements — called a “cost of service” study — upon which the rate proposal is based.
The proposal calls for a restructuring of how the district charges its roughly 22,000 customers who live in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch.
One change is that customers’ bills will carry higher fixed charges, which don’t change based on the amount of water they use. The rate proposal also would change the way customers are charged for their water use, with a graduated scale that raises the cost of water as customers consume more water each month."