Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Water authority to vote on rate increase in Suisun

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By Ian Thompson

SUISUN CITY - Suisun City residents will be paying more for their water next year if the Suisun-Solano Water Authority approves a plan to raise rates this fall as well as in 2008 and 2009.

The water authority, which comprises the Suisun City Council and the Solano Irrigation District governing board, wants to raise rates 6 percent in September, 5 percent July 1, 2008, and 5 percent July 1, 2009.

"We have gotten no formal protests yet," Suisun City Financial Services Officer Mark Joseph said. "I am a little surprised."

The authority announced the increases two months ago and held a community meeting June 26, which only a dozen residents attended to give their input.

Even after the increases, Suisun City residents will still be paying less for their water than their neighbors in Fairfield but more than Vacaville residents, according to Joseph.

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