Tuesday, March 3, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Water rates initiative is unnecessary

By
From page A10 | July 28, 2013 |

The issue: Let the court decide whether rates are proportional under the law

The people have spoken. Now, it’s time to move on.

THAT’S WHAT WE have to say to residents who plan to launch a signature-gathering campaign in support of an initiative challenging Davis’ water rates. Those rates were approved this spring by the Davis City Council to pay for the city’s estimated $111 million share of the Woodland-Davis surface water project.

The project, of course, was approved by Davis voters in March as Measure I, by a 54.1 to 45.9 percent margin.

We supported that election, believing that a project of that magnitude — and that cost — should be decided by the people, not just by our elected representatives. But we are a representative democracy, and we put our trust in our elected officials to make important decisions on our behalf. If we disagree with those decisions, we have the opportunity to unseat those officials in the next election.

And while it’s true that the people didn’t directly approve of the new water rate structure in the Measure I election, the rates were thoroughly vetted in a wide-ranging community discussion during the water project campaign this winter and spring. Then, after the City Council got the go-ahead with the Measure I vote, our leaders followed the proper legal course — set by Proposition 218 — for adopting the new, higher rates.

THOSE RATES are the focus of a lawsuit filed by Yolo Ratepayers for Affordable Public Utility Services, who argue that they disproportionately charge ratepayers for the water they consume. We do not agree with that allegation. We believe the consumption-based fixed rate model — albeit difficult to explain and to understand — fairly apportions the fixed costs of the expensive new water project among all users and fairly bills users for their monthly consumption.

If Judge Dan Maguire agrees, and finds the rates to be proportionate under Prop. 218’s requirements, they will stand, and city leaders can move on to secure the necessary financing for the water project. If Maguire agrees with the plaintiffs and tosses the rates out, the City Council will begin the Prop. 218 rate-setting process once again.

Either way, this initiative is unnecessary — a waste of our time and our money. (The Measure I election already cost us $122,500.) One of the initiative’s proponents acknowledged in The Enterprise that he hopes the maneuver stops the city from moving forward with the surface water project.

BUT WAIT, didn’t the people support the project? Oh yes …

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Nominees sought for city’s human rights awards

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    A different kind of March Madness: pedal power

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    STEM-Tastic Sunday highlights summer opportunities

    By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    County: Baby Justice was on Social Services’ radar

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Embroiderers will discuss needlework tools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Tuleyome needs volunteers for work party

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

     
    ‘Pearls Before Swine’ joins daily comics lineup

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Winter market wraps up Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Public broadband, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Alcoholic liver disease strikes Hispanics years earlier

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Logos Books hosts conversation groups, poetry readings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Get a taste of Middle Earth at library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Holmes’ talent showcased

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Bingo games Sunday will benefit DHS Madrigals’ trip

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Go all in for fun at Texas Hold ‘Em tournament

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    DCC Nursery School hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Join a fitness party at Zumba class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Sure and begorrah!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Cycle de Mayo kicks off Bike Month

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Overeaters get support at meetings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

    Klein’s book featured at Authors on the Move

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Forum

    One more family insult

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Lady Blue Devils in semis Tuesday night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Aggie men host two big ones this week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Dream run ends for Davis’ master wrestlers

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devil boys net an easy tennis victory

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    In the Clubhouse: Summerhays Jr. talks about new post at El Macero CC

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Aggie lacrosse team takes home opener

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Newly acquired Smith scores in Sharks’ victory

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Blue Devil girls look for revenge in the pool

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys aim to repeat as section swim champs

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Dunn graduates from Marine Corps basic training

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

    Thursday Live! features Keith Cary, Wyatt Hesemeyer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    Songs of the Civil War to be performed by Anonymous 4

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Davis Chorale starts year with demanding music

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Dieter W. Gruenwedel

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7