Protest CCWD’s excessive water rate increases in writing by Tuesday July 14
July 10, 2009 (via U.S. mail)
Board of Directors
Coastside County Water District
766 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Subject: Input for July 14, 2009 Public Hearing on Proposed 12 Percent Rate Increase
Members of the Board of Directors:
As a CCWD customer, I appreciate the opportunity to provide input to the public hearing on the water district’s proposed rate increase.
Since FY 1999, CCWD’s minimum residential water rates have increased from $1.85 per hundred cubic feet (hcf) to a proposed rate of $3.99 per hcf in the coming year. For nearly a decade, CCWD’s residential water rates have risen at a pace that is more than double the rate of consumer price inflation over the same period. According to CCWD’s proposed 2009-2010 budget, the rate increase will be used to increase employee salaries by 10 percent and to increase employee retirement contributions by 13 percent. Both increases appear excessive in light of current economic conditions and past rapid growth in CCWD employee salaries and benefits. As elected officials, the CCWD board has a duty to act as good stewards of the public’s money. I urge you reject the proposed rate increase.
Kevin J. Lansing Half Moon Bay