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Rainbow Water discusses rate increases Nov. 19


Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Issue 39, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent


The Rainbow Municipal Water District will conduct a public hearing Nov. 19 on potential increases in water rates, operations and maintenance rates, and sewer rates.

A 4-0 board vote Aug. 27, with Bob Lucy absent, established the Nov. 19 hearing date. Rainbow staff had initially proposed a hearing date of Oct. 22, although the board and staff agreed that an extra month would be appropriate to review the financial data which will determine the rates.

"We realized we weren’t giving the Rainbow Budget and Finance Committee enough time to review it before it came to the board," said Rainbow general manager Brian Brady.

The Rainbow board normally meets on the fourth Advertisement
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Tuesday of each month, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday the November meeting will be on the third Tuesday.

The water and sewer rates are calculated based on the district’s cost of service analysis and conformance to generally accepted cost of service methods. The increases would allow the district to keep pace with annual wholesale water cost increases and the increased costs to provide sewer services. It was stated that all revenue derived from those rates and charges are used exclusively for the recovery of costs associated with providing water and sewer service, for the funding of Rainbow’s capital improvement program, and to maintain the district’s

financial stability.


 

14 comments

Comment Profile ImageJM21
Comment #1 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm
They are already raping us, how can they raise them AGAIN? I have a 3 bedroom house with just my wife and I and my bills are 250+ a month. The worst part is my actual WATER usage is about $40 a month. the the rest of the bill looks like this....

Operations and Maint $39
Cross connection Fee's $26
Sewer $78.00
Taxes and regulatory fee's $26
Were greedy bastards $35
Open your wallet $60

These greedy people need to collect there 150K a year salary so just screw the customer!
Comment Profile ImageDJ
Comment #2 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm
I was thinking about this the other day. 10 years ago we paid what $1.70/unit. Now it's up around $5? Where is all the extra $ going? I understand there is less water taken out of the Sacramento delta now so the cost goes up but where is all the extra $ going? Is it in the end going to the state? Sure there are cost increases because salaries and other items increase but a 300% increase doesn't seem justifiable. Just wondering where all the extra $ is ending up...
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #3 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Holy cow! $250 a month for a 3 bedroom? Well at least I don't feel so bad about my FPUD bill now.
Comment Profile ImageAvo Farmer
Comment #4 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm
According to controller Chiang's publicpay.ca.gov website RMWD had 63 employees and a total payroll of $4.0 million for 2009 (earliest year available). By 2011 (latest year available), they went to 62 employees with a total payroll of $4.3 million. That comes out to about an 8% pay increase for everybody over two years. They haven't released the 2012 data yet. Those were two years when most people were taking pay cuts. I think we should all show up at the meeting and demand some answers. I think the RMWD Board of Directors might actually support the ratepayers if there are enough angry people there. Unfortunately, the FPUD Board of Directors have no interest in getting answers to the tough questions.
Comment Profile ImageYucky water
Comment #5 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm
Our water bills are SO HIGH already and the water is so bad that it's actually destroying the pipes in our homes along with the appliances we own. My home is only 13 years old. I should not be replacing PIPES already! It's shocking how much we pay for horrible (unconsumable) water! Get it together RMWD!!!!
Comment Profile ImageJim
Comment #6 | Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm
I hope the merger doesn't go thru with FPUD.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #7 | Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Do WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on this directly?! If not, why not?! Where's the democracy? Where?!

My dear fellow Fallbrookers, how much longer are we going to take this injustice? How much longer? When will WE, THE PEOPLE Get up! Stand up! -- yes, yes, peacefully, legally and non-violently -- to this in justice?! When? When will we FINALLY realize that this paradigm of the seller (RMWD) dictating to the buyer (RMWD customers) is wrong? When? When will we FINALLY realize that it is the customer who is in charge? When?

Look folks, here's the fallacy of the paradigm. Joe sells Mary something for a buck. (It doesn't matter if it's a good or a service.) And yet JOE is the one who dictates to Mary how much she should be paying him . . . which includes and covers HIS operating costs?! Hello! Does anybody besides me see the fallacy of this set-up?

We're letting the fox into the coop!

Joe can COMPLETELY make up his operational costs without Mary knowing how much the mark-up is!!! WE, the customers, are paying money yet do NOT have a say in the operational costs of RMWD?! HELLO!!! Wake up, people! What you end up with is abuses like RMWD's GM making $300k/year!
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Mar/07/water-fallbrook-rainbow-joint-powers-merge/
Where do you think that money came from? From YOU and I!

And so YOU and I should NOT have a say so in all of this?! Really? Are you kidding me?! So, do WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on these water rate increases directly? If not, why not? Do WE, THE PEOPLE get to see a COMPLETE operational spreadsheet of RMWD? If not, why not? WHERE is the transparency? Where?!

Where is the concept of We, THE PEOPLE?! Where?!
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #8 | Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 7:51 am
Absolutely ridiculous. We already pay THE highest base rate out of ALL 22 County water districts!
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Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #9 | Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 7:56 am
First it was a raping by SDG&E for over 12%.

Then EDCO joined in by raising their rates as well...even though more and more of our trash is recyclable in which they in-turn sell for a profit. I don't even put out ANY trash or recyclables every other week. They should have a reduced rate for those of us who don't use their services every week.

Now Rainbow wants ANOTHER increase.

This nonsense has got to stop.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #10 | Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:39 am
@JM21

Don't forget too, all the "other" charges for water we get on our Property Tax Bills that are due to come out next month:

Metro Water District Bond

Water Availability ID #1

Metropolitan Water District Water Standby Charge
]
California Water Authority Availability Fee.

Combine that with the nearly 11% State Income Tax.....8.5% Sales Tax......Recent increase in the State Gasoline Tax (making us the highest in the nation)......and to top it off the $150.00 Fire Fee.

This State is spiraling out of control in their taxation....and yet for 25 years the voters keep putting tax and spend Democrats in office....now with a "Super Majority" yet.

I'm not a rabid right-wing Republican.....but common sense says if something isn't working......change it.

What will it take to get these voters to wake up?
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #11 | Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 7:17 am
@Me
When you are on Government assistance who are you going to vote for?
What will it take to wake up those voters?
Don't bother, they can sleep in -- There check is coming in the mail.
In the mean time you better get to work so you can pay your water bill.
Comment Profile ImageAvo Farmer
Comment #12 | Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:59 am
Did you see the news about Vallejo struggling again?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-municipality-vallejo-20131001,0,5545398.story

Most California politicians and the people that vote for them, just continue to ignore reality. I guess they learned that behavior from watching the US government run the world's largest ponzi scheme called social security.

IMHO, RMWD customers are much better off staying independent than allowing a FPUD takeover.

Check out this listing of all the ways California fails at www.TinyURL.com/CA-vs-other-states

It is truly stunning how people will just ignore the facts and continue voting the same political scum back into office.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #13 | Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm
@Lee - you seem to want to vote, a direct vote, on everything - think for a bit on how much time and effort it would take for everyone for to 1) attend each and every meeting when a vote was going to be taken - Washington DC, Sacramento, San Diego, Fallbrook. ( I could not afford the travel costs), or 2) the amount of $$ the government would have to send to have each of the boards have an election - each week we would one for the various things you want to vote on. 2) How much time and energy would have to go into researching the issues? Remember, everything any government body does would bed voted on - you would have to know about science, medicine, law enforcement, elderly care, youth care, automobile safty, aircraft safty. That is why we have a representative type of government. We elect the people that we, after due diligence, feel will represent our views. they, then, we hope and pray, become knowledgable in all the aspects of the issues.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #14 | Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Save your breath Grunt. I pointed out the exact same issues (that you raise) several months ago. He doesn't choose to respond. Clearly he has no plan other than to ask the same redundant question over and over again. We all know that it would be neither possible or feasible, to vote on every single item that comes before every single governing body, every day of the week, the cost would be astronomical. Heck, we can't even get people to the poles every 2 and 4 years!!

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