Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California to Vote
on Rate Increases in April
Board votes down motion to cut
spending to reduce water rate increases
|Eileen Costa of Oceanside gives a statement |
at the MWD Board meeting on March 12.
A day after hearing heartfelt testimony from several dozen speakers from the San Diego region, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors today voted to follow its own Administrative Code and vote on adoption of its next two-year budget and rate increases in April. The recommended budget includes two more years of rate increases, "averaging" 7.5 percent for 2013 and another 5 percent in 2014.
Following the Board's decision to keep the budget and rate adoption in April, the Water Authority made a motion requesting that staff return to the Board with budget reductions that lower the proposed water rate increases. That motion failed.
"This is a particularly disappointing vote, considering the testimony of so many people at yesterday's public hearing who asked MWD to go back and take another crack at cutting expenses before it raises rates again," Michael T. Hogan, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors, said.
MWD planned as late as Monday to rush approval of its budget and rates today - in contradiction of Section 4304 of its own Administrative Code, which requires MWD to adopt rates and charges in April. Yesterday, after listening to dozens of concerned residents, elected officials and water officials from around San Diego County protest MWD's bloated budget, continual rate increases and illegal rate structure, MWD's Finance and Insurance Committee voted to adopt MWD's 2013 and 2014 budget and rates in April, a recommendation MWD's full Board approved today.
MWD's proposed rate increases, if adopted, will more than double MWD's treated water supply rate from 2006 levels by 2014.
For more information about the Water Authority's concerns regarding MWD's rates and budget, click here.