Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hearing on New Water Rates Set for Nov. 22, 2011

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 rate structure includes a new emergency rate schedule to be imposed in the event of a declared water shortage or drought. Rate surcharges, intended to address the financial impacts of a water shortage, would only apply as long as a water shortage or drought condition exists.

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 
 >> For more information, including the meeting notice, rate study and proposed rate structure

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