AWA Votes For Water Rate Increase

AWA Votes For Water Rate Increase

The Amador Water Agency is moving forward with a rate increase for its customers throughout Amador County.   At their meeting Thursday morning, following a presentation on a rate study that examined the Agency's finances and revenue, the AWA Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with a rate increase that will affect all of the agencies customers.  The increase will not apply to water usage, but will take the form of an increased flat fee that will apply to each individual customer. Each individual AWA customer will see an increase of between $2.50 and $3.00 per month, per year, for the next five years, regardless of how much water they use. Customers in the La Mel Heights area will actually see their rates decrease by $14 per month in the first year, as their rates are brought into line with other AWA customers. AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo described the increase as “reasonable” and “necessary.”   AWA will mail notices to all customers affected by the increase, and the notice will include a form to allow customers to protest the increase under Proposition 218.  If a majority of customers protest, the rate increase will be blocked.  Otherwise the AWA Board is expected to vote on final approval of the new rates at their August 15th meeting.

 

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