April 22, 2014 > ACWD should notify all customers of proposed rate increases
ACWD should notify all customers of proposed rate increases
The Alameda County Water District is currently discussing another round of water rate increases to be implemented in July, less than six months after the 7% rate increase in February. By law, ACWD must mail notices of proposed rate increases to all property owners, which it has legally done for many years. However, by complying with only the letter of the law, ACWD fails to directly inform a large segment of their customers, residential and commercial renters. Although most renters do not directly pay ACWD, renters do indirectly pay for water. As such, renters deserve to receive the same notices of proposed rate increases sent to property owners.
When the Board of Directors declared a water shortage emergency in March, ACWD mailed a notice to all customers, including renters. They understood everyone, not just property owners, should receive important water emergency information. With possible 18.6% water rate increases for multi-family and commercial properties, ACWD should similarly inform all customers of this rate increase that will have a significant financial impact on renters.
Concerned residents should urge ACWD and the Board of Directors (your elected officials representing you) to adopt a policy of mailing proposed rate increase notices to all customers, including renters.