The Suisun-Solano Water Authority (SSWA) will consider adopting a new rate structure for all Suisun City users to provide more funding for current and future operations, repairs and replacements at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at City Hall.
Based on the Financial Plan and Water Rate Update Study, the proposed rates redistribute the cost of service between residential and non-residential customers to improve proportionality.
Increases in the past have ensured the water service is in good financial shape. Recognizing the tough economic conditions, a general rate increase was delayed for two and a half years. The SSWA Board spent considerable time and effort to keep the rates as low as possible, including budget reductions and use of one-time reserves.
In accordance with the Financial Plan, SSWA is considering two rate adjustments:
- 4% effective January 2012
- 4% effective January 2013
The proposed emergency surcharges, which are based on water usage, are
- 8% during a Stage II drought
- 20% during a Stage III drought
- 40% during a Stage IV drought