Water rate hikes will have ripple effect

By July 9, 2011

I don’t know whether the Davis business community has thought through the likely effects if people end up paying $400 a month for water (as a result of tiered rates). Restaurant business is likely to drop precipitously (and their prices will have to increase considerably). Other Davis businesses will also see lower volumes of sales. Swimming pool owners? They’ll have to fill the pools in with dirt when they can no longer afford the cost of water. And if you try to conserve? Your rates will have to increase to pay the fixed costs of this unnecessary and foolish expenditure. In other words, if everyone conserves, rates will increase even more. What the city has proposed is absolutely the worst way to address the water quality problem, both from the practical as well as the financial point of view. We also don’t know how much the University is supposed to kick in (and how are they going to pay for that, more student fees?).

Every homeowner should protest. You will need a copy of a recent property tax bill, as well as a letter signed by all the owners, saying that you protest the proposed water rates, which should be sent to the City Clerk at 23 Russell Blvd., Davis, CA 95616. There’s no time to waste.

Shneor Sherman

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