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Trickle Down Effect

San Diego water rates may be going up again



    "We are wasting taxpayers money," San Diego City Councilmember Carl Demaio said Sunday.  "Enough is enough.  Stop soaking San Diegans with higher water rates."

    Demaio was joined by a group of supporters in Rancho Bernardo to protest a possible increase in the city's water rates. 

    Locals Protest Higher Water Rates

    [DGO] Locals Protest Higher Water Rates
    Groups prepare to attend a special hearing at City Hall. (Published Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011)

    The council will vote Monday whether to increase rates by almost 6%.  It works out to about $4 per month per single family home.

    "It just makes me irritated," said Gary Gardner at Sunday's rally. "They just keep taking and taking and taking."

    Prepare To Pay More for Water

    [DGO] Prepare To Pay More for Water
    Not only is water in short supply in Southern California. What there is of it keeps getting more expensive. San Diegans will soon see their costs go up again. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008)

    Demaio claims there is a choice.  He's pushing for reform of the water department's pension system to help save money.

    "The increased costs in the water department's budget are directly attributed to higher labor costs." says Demaio.

    Water Rate Hike Up to You

    [DGO] Water Rate Hike Up to You
    Many residents know rate increases are proposed for next year, but few are aware that if they oppose the hike, they can actually stop the increase from taking effect. (Published Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009)

    According a mayor's spokesperson, there is no other choice.  Starting the first of the year the county's water authority was forced to pay more for the water it brings into the county.  As a result, they would pass the cost along to the consumer.

    San Diegans who oppose the rate increase have until Monday to fill out and drop off their Prop 218 protest form.  The form was mailed out to voters last year, but can also be found on the city's website.

    If the council approves the rate increase, it would go into effect at the beginning of March.