June 13, 2013
Misty Volaski, email@example.com
The Ojai Valley Sanitary District Board will consider implementing its first rate increase in five years Monday night.
According to a letter recently sent to property owners in the District, a public hearing has been set for Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss the potential increase, which would be implemented in two phases. The first would begin with the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which starts July 1; the second would be rolled out July 1, 2014.
Most residential customers will see rates increased about $2 per month, for a total of about $27 in this fiscal year, and about $28 next fiscal year (rates vary slightly depending upon the community served).
Commercial customers’ rates will vary depending on their output into the system.
Sewer rates are charged monthly, but are billed annually along with other property taxes.
The letter explained the reasons OVSD staff is recommending that the Board approve the rate increase. These included “The fiscal requirements for constructing, repairing, operating and maintaining the district’s sewer system in compliance with increasingly stringent environmental regulatory requirements for treating water discharged into the Ventura River.”
The meeting to discuss the proposed increases is open to the public, and will be held at the OVSD office’s board meeting room, 1072 Tico Road. Documents the OVSD used to determine the rate increase can also be viewed at the OVSD office.
Those wishing to protest the proposed rate hike must do so in writing (not email). Letters must contain the address and/or parcel number of the property and must be submitted to the clerk of the board by 1 p.m. Monday to the following address: Ojai Valley Sanitary District, Attn: Clerk of the Board, 1072 Tico Road, Ojai, CA 93023.
For more information, call 646-5548.