Water and Wastewater Rate Changes & Public Hearing
The Hesperia Water District has undergone a comprehensive review of the District's finances, a cost-of-service analysis, and an evaluation of the District's current rate design. Recommendations resulting from this study were presented to the Hesperia Water District Board of Directors at two public workshops held on August 30, 2017 and September 19, 2017. On September 19, 2017, the Board authorized the preparation of a notice for a Proposition 218 Hearing regarding the need to raise water and sewer rates in order to continue the safe and reliable delivery of water and sewer service to the District's customers. The District has gone nearly six years without an increase in water or sewer rates, and the proposed rate changes identified in the Proposition 218 Notice will ensure that rates adequately cover the cost of providing the service. The Proposition 218 Notice was recently sent to all affected property owners and utility account holders, and the Hearing is scheduled for November 21, 2017, as outlined in the Notice. To view the Proposition 218 Notice, click here.
Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Schedule - The table below provides a summary of the proposed increases, which will be considered by the Water Board at a public hearing scheduled for November 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (9700 Seventh Avenue Hesperia, CA).
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How do the City's water rates compare with other agencies in the Victor Valley? As shown below, the graph provides a comparison of rates from the other local water service providers assuming an average of 27 hundred cubic feet (HCF). It should be noted that even with the proposed rate changes, Hesperia's rates for the typical consumption of 27 HCF would still be amongst the lowest in the area. *An HCF is equivalent to 748 gallons and all amounts presented on a bi-monthly basis.
Comments On and Protests to the Proposed Rate Adjustments - In compliance with Proposition 218, any owner or tenant of a parcel that is subject to the proposed rate increase may file a written protest with the City Clerk at or during the public hearing on November 21, 2017. Only one written protest per identified parcel [i.e. address/assessor's parcel number (APN)] relating to the rate increase will be heard. All written protests must (at a minimum) include the following information to be counted: (a) Address or APN numbers of property subject to the rate increase, (b) whether the protester is an owner or renter and (c) a clear statement protesting a particular rate or rates pursuant to the notice. Oral protests presented at the hearing will be heard but will not be counted. Only written protests will be counted. No email or other electronic protests will be accepted or counted. Please mail or deliver all comments and/or protests to the City of Hesperia City Clerk, 9700 Seventh Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345.