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Santa Rosa switches course, OKs two years of water rate hikes

By KEVIN McCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Santa Rosa City Council approved two years’ worth of water and sewer increases Tuesday, reversing last month’s decision to only approve a one-year rate hike.

faucetThe council voted 5-1 to back the two-year plan, which will result in an average family’s combined water and sewer bill going up 3.3 percent in 2015 and 3.4 percent in 2016.

City officials said the increases are needed to keep the city keep pace with the rising costs of water and energy, as well as to better balance usage and fixed charges.

Councilman Jake Ours, who didn’t support the two-year increases last month, changed his mind after receiving more information about the budget implications of the new rates.

The additional information detailed how the city could save millions by funding wastewater projects with cash instead of debt. City officials estimate they can save upwards of $100 million over 30 years by limiting debt and using a pay-as-you-go approach.

Councilman Gary Wysocky voted against the new rates, saying they are already higher than most surrounding communities.





One Response to “Santa Rosa switches course, OKs two years of water rate hikes”

  1. Papa ESoCo says:

    Why, of course they did! They were just messin with ya. Gotta keep the revenue stream coming in, especially with lower revenues due to water conservation measures.