Nipomo board seeking water rate increase
September 21, 2014
The Nipomo Community Services District is seeking a water rate increase that would raise costs about 30 percent for the average rate payer. If approved, the rate hike will start July 1, 2015.
In Sept. 2013, the board voted to have Tuckfield and Associates perform ta water rate study to help finance a pipeline to bring water from Santa Maria. Contractors broke ground on the pipeline in Sept. 2013. It is slated for completion in the summer of 2015.
On Wednesday’s agenda, the district board is scheduled to vote on approval of the study and the scheduling and noticing of a rate adoption hearing.
If the study is approved, water customers will have 45 days to protest the proposed increase. If a majority of water users protest the increase, a rate hike will not occur.
A rate increase hearing will be scheduled for Nov. 21, if the study is approved on Wednesday.