I recently received news from the county followed by a bill for $2,000.00 that I would need to pay double sewage, drainage and trash because of the accessory building I have on my property. There are two people on the entire property, and the utilities are not separate from the house. Yet I was denied an exemption, apparently because I rent the place. The county's own guidelines stipulate that a 60 gallon can is plenty for two people.
I do not have heat in my home because I can't afford it. County staff have stated that people are even charged for buildings which are empty for long periods of time.
Government is supposed to be providing a service to people, not finding loopholes to price gouge with. An across-the-board rate raise would be the equitable way to achieve increased revenue.
-- Sharon Nicodemus, Sacramento