Sunday, November 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Vote no on P: Davis’ water rates are fair, set through open process

By Matt Williams, Bob Schneider, Jerry Adler and Stephen McCord

Measure P is the latest chapter in an open and exhaustive process about the way we deliver and pay for water to Davis ratepayers. The bottom line of that process is that Measure P doesn’t make sense for Davis. Please vote “no” on Measure P.

You may wonder, “Why vote no on Measure P?” Here are some reasons:
* In December 2011, in response to both formal and informal citizen concerns, the City Council “paused” the water project and water rates process and established the Water Advisory Committee.

* In November 2012, after considerable public input and deliberation over a 12-month period, our Water Advisory Committee — made up of 15 hard-working and distinguished members of our community — recommended the best water rate structure for Davis.

* In January 2013, the City Council — using the advice of the Water Advisory Committee, city staff, water industry experts and public finance experts — approved the rates that were noticed via Proposition 218.* In April 2013, the opponents of the water project and the rates took their case to court.
* In February 2013, via a Proposition 218 public notification process, the ratepayers of Davis approved the new five-year water rates.

* In March 2013, in our citywide Measure I vote, the citizens of Davis approved the new water supply project.

* In March 2014, the Yolo Superior Court determined that the city of Davis water rates are proportional and fully compliant with applicable California law.

Even after all of those open, transparent and exhaustive steps, opponents of the approved rates are challenging them yet again with Measure P. All those open, transparent and exhaustive steps are why we urge you to vote “no” on Measure P.
The new rates are based on a simple and just idea: Everyone pays their fair share, both for the water they use, and for the system that brings them their water. The new system promotes fairness for those who don’t use much water — often seniors, low-income residents and those in apartments or with small lots. Traditional water rates severely penalize all those groups. Two-thirds of the residential ratepayers will pay less under the new rate structure than they would have under a rate structure like the one that has existed in Davis for more than 10 years.

The approved rates promote fiscal stability for the water utility, and in the process create a strong incentive for conservation without penalizing customers with rate hikes when they conserve.
In their video argument recorded by Davis Media Access, the Measure P supporters stated that they want “… a fairer rate based on 12-month usage …” A detailed analysis of that idea shows that it would result in increased rates for more than 45,000 Davis residents and decreased rates for approximately 20,000 Davis residents. The people who would be paying more are the residents of Davis who use water prudently, especially outdoor water. The people who would be paying less are the people who make the conscious decision to use substantial amounts of outdoor irrigation water.
Under a possible “12-month usage” plan suggested by Measure P proponents, apartment dwellers and residents of mobile homes would pay an additional $380,000-plus in 2015. Residents of single-family homes who use water carefully would pay an additional $78,000-plus in 2015. Who would benefit? Large lot owners with substantial landscaping would save more than $140,000 in 2015.

If you are a resident of an apartment or mobile home or low-water-use home, and you see irrigation water running through the gutter if Measure P passes, you can say to yourself, “There goes my Measure P money in that gutter.”
If you don’t want to throw your money down the drain, vote “no” on Measure P.
Finally, the current severe drought underscores our need to carefully protect our water resources. Our new water supply project exemplifies this wise strategy: 1) diversifying our supply to include Sacramento River water; 2) continuing use of our higher-quality deep wells when necessary; 3) repurposing lower-quality wells for park irrigation; and 4) reducing customer need for inefficient home treatment systems.
Our approved water rates ensure that basic water needs are served while incentives to conserve remain strong. Your “no” vote advances these values.
Please vote “no” on Measure P to continue our progress toward a clean and reliable long-term water supply. For more information ,visit www.votenoonp.org.

— Matt Williams is a member of the Davis Water Advisory Committee; Bob Schneider is a local environmentalist; Jerry Adler is a former Davis mayor and City Council member; and Stephen McCord is a principal with McCord Environmental.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

.

News

Hollywood readies its big guns for the holidays

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Need for local foster parents grows

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
Tactical robot decreases officer risks

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Berkeley, Santa Cruz students protest fee hikes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Couple arrested on drug, firearm possession charges

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Woman confronts suspicious follower

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Bob Dunning: Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Auction-bound student artwork stolen in downtown heist

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

UCD awarded $100M to lead program to predict, prevent pandemic threats

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Breakfast with Santa tickets are going fast

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Probationers, parolees graduate from Yolo transitional program

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Free boot camp, yoga fundraiser this week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Enterprise observes holiday hours

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Bell-ringers still needed this holiday season

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Thanksgiving feast is open to all

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Workshop will answer financial aid questions

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Yolo Food Bank invites locals to run with the flock

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Museum announces holiday schedule

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

At the Pond: Stop, look and listen

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Round up at the registers for Davis schools

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Project Linus seeks donations

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

 
Swing your partner!

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A6

Fairfield School enjoys a festive feast

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Right at home: gifts you can use and use up

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Dec. 10 jeans drive benefits STEAC

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A9

 
Davis Community Church history recounted in Sunday talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Open your heart

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Bob Hope interview pulled from ‘the vault’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

.

Forum

There’s only one way to fix this

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Students barking up the wrong tree

By Our View | From Page: A14

Rick McKee cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A14

 
Heartbroken over treatment of teacher

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

Google, tell me. Is my son a genius?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

 
Daryl Cagle cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A15

Cordial political discourse: Seven years later, the thoughts resonate

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
Easing the stress during college application season

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

How I want to be remembered

By Marion Franck | From Page: A16

 
Watch out for holiday weight gain

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16

 
When the computer stares back

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A16

.

Sports

Turnovers costly as UC Davis loses Classic, 41-30

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men finish off Furman

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Upset-minded Lions bounce UCD from WWPA tourney

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
New, old-look helmets not enough to lift UCD footballers

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Late shot sinks Aggie women

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Seniors play well in Aggie volleyball loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Wire briefs: Kings get past depleted T-Wolves

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
With volleyball playoff berth, DHS accomplished its 2014 goal

By Evan Ream | From Page: B6 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

 
Don’t pass up the parking gift downtown

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13

Doby Fleeman: Give thanks for our innovation culture

By Doby Fleeman | From Page: A20

 
Honey, spreads showcased at open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8