Community Water Center – How to challenge an unfair sewer or water rate hike – know your Prop 218 rights

9 Dec

Well, here’s a whopper of a link – information from the Community Water Center about your Prop 218 rights. Read it, learn it, live it… These laws also apply to sewer rate hikes. This link also includes a template for preparing your written protest.

http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/communitywatercenter/pages/51/attachments/original/1394383531/CWC_WaterRatesProp218_Eng.pdf?1394383531#:~:text=To%20file%20a%20complaint%20with,(800)%20649%2D7570.&text=What%20is%20Proposition%20218%3F,water%20and%20sewer%20rate%20increases.

California Proposition 218 (Prop. 218) applies and there are strict requirements that your provider must follow before raising the rates... In general, the provider must provide information
on the amount of the rate increase, why it is needed, how the increase was calculated, and it must provide sufficient notification to impacted property owners and an opportunity to protest the increase.

I’ve read the notice, and I had some questions, so I called the number on the notice. I got a staffer who didn’t know what I was talking about, couldn’t begin to answer my questions, and tried to refer me to “parkinfo@chicoca.gov”. So I emailed city clerk Debbie Presson (debbie.presson@chicoca.gov) and my council rep. I also cc’d Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association counsel Laura Dougherty, and I have also emailed the notice to Ms. Dougherty.

I suggest that you also inquire with the clerk’s office as to the procedure and any questions you have regarding the notice. It seems to me council has taken the low road – sending out a poorly written rate increase notice during the holiday season? When offices Downtown are closing? And I’ll also remind you – they didn’t say anything about this hike during their sales tax measure campaign.

The clock is ticking – get those protests written. Ask the clerk if you have any questions.

4 Responses to “Community Water Center – How to challenge an unfair sewer or water rate hike – know your Prop 218 rights”

  1. George December 10, 2022 at 9:33 am #

    They’ve been talking about and studying the rates for years. At least since before the campfire. There’s hundred of pages of studies available. The proposed rates are half of yuba city and half of Redding. The water based calculations were add to reduce the rates for people that conserve water. They even studied selling the plant and the rates probably would have tripled. Ask people in Biggs and oroville if they’re paying less.

    • Juanita Sumner December 10, 2022 at 11:16 am #

      I’m not saying they shouldn’t raise rates,I don’t like the mechanism.

      So, you’re saying, this is an effort to get us to use less water? I’d like to hear more about that, Mysterious George.

  2. Harley walker December 16, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

    I am a homeowner and resident in Gerber CA. And had just received a notice from our water and sewer company that they were raising our rates by almost 100%. They say that there has been no increase in the past 5 yrs. I say bullshit. I’ve lived in Gerber now for more than 20 yrs. And it all ready doubled from when I first moved here. I don’t belive it’s right or fair to us fixed income people who are just barely getting by any way .

    • Juanita Sumner December 16, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

      I think the first thing you want to do is share the protest information with your neighbors and figure out whether your district followed the legal requirements.

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