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January 21, 2011 > Letter to Editor: Protest water rate increase

Letter to Editor: Protest water rate increase

The Alameda County Water District is again proposing to raise the rates by 8 percent this year. The rates have been raised every year since 1999, including an 8.8 percent hike last year.

The reasons given for this increase are less usage of water, escalating salaries and 20 percent more for employee pensions. We are always urged to conserve water and then penalized with increased rates when usage declines.

It seems the Water District is not aware in this recession that many people are unemployed or their salaries are cut with no raises. Yet the Water District union has negotiated 4 percent raises through 2013. This is unconscionable. Those of us on Social Security have had no increases for two years.

In addition to yearly water rate increases, there is an additional $11.62 service charge on each bill.

Please contact the Water District immediately and voice your objection to the annual rate increase and exorbitant $11.62 service charge. Their employees should feel the pinch in this economy as well as the rest of us.

Their phone number is (510) 668-4299 and address: 43885 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont 94538.

Peggy Gerling

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