This week I received a notice from the City of Fullerton that they would like to raise water rates…AGAIN!
The proposed rates are specifically for pass-through costs from Metropolitan Water District, Orange County Water District, Southern California Edison, and the City of Anaheim (we purchase electricity from Anaheim for Fullerton’s wells in Anaheim).
We know MWD (the agency that gave each employee a $6,000 bonus) recently raised rates to help cover salaries and pensions as well as some infrastructure needs. We are required to purchase about 30% of all water from MWD. The OCWD charges us a pumping tax that is significantly less than MWD but those rates keep creeping up.
And those pesky electric bills keep going up as well.
Let’s recap a few important changes to your rates:
In 2012, a post-recall Council directed staff to refund about $7.4 million: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-374846-water-bills.html
In 2013, a new council majority (Chaffee, Flory, & Fitgerald) voted to redirect staff to only refund about $3.3 million and concocted a new scheme to keep the rest and continue their slightly smaller skimming operation: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/customers-522970-water-city.html & http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/03/fullerton-water-heist/
Now, the City will charge you more and as a direct result skim more, and claim it in the name of pass-through costs.
Fill out your protest form that was attached on your bill. If you didn’t get the notice for any reason, fill out this form and send it in immediately. Share with all of your neighbors, employers, friends, and family in Fullerton!
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From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!