Water district votes to delay rate hikes a year

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

The Sacramento Suburban Water District board voted Tuesday to delay increasing water rates for a year, opting for a 16 percent jump over four years instead of 21 percent over five years.

That means that the average residential customer would have to pay about $2 extra a month starting Jan. 1, 2015.

The exact amount will differ depending on the type of connection. For example, flat rate customers will pay an extra $2.11 based on an average monthly bill of $52.69. Metered customers will see $1.92 tacked onto their bill, which currently averages $47.95 per month.

The district will have the average monthly rate increase amounts for 2016- 2018 calculated next week.

The 4 percent increase will generate $1.5 million a year for the district, which will use the money primarily for capital projects.

The board decision came after holding seven public meetings. A number of residents voiced concerns over the increased rates, especially how they affect low-income residents.

The last water rate increase was in 2009.

The Sacramento Suburban Water District serves 171,229 customers in Sacramento, North Highlands, part of Antelope, and small areas of Carmichael and Citrus Heights.

The district encompasses 36 square miles and has 44,794 connections. About 60 percent are metered connections, while 40 percent are paying a flat rate.

– Tillie Fong

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