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EBMUD considers rate increase

Original post made on Apr 21, 2011

East Bay Municipal Utility District customers could see their water rates increase by a total of 12 percent over the next two years under a
proposal discussed by the water agency's board of directors today.At a special budget and rates workshop, board members directed staff to study a plan to raise rates by 6 percent on July 1 this year and another 6 percent on July 1 next year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 11:35 AM

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Posted by Patricia
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

EBMUD wants to increase the water rates? What??? Here I was waiting for them to reduce the "drought" rates now that the drought is officially over.

EBMUD....give us a break! We saved water when you asked; increased our rates because we did so well and now want to reward us by increasing rates...yet again???? I think not.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

Given the chopice of paying for water I don't use vs. paying for water I do use, I think I'll opt for the water I use! This is insane!

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

There's something fishy in this water!
We use less water, so they want to charge more. Then they'll charge more, which will cause some of us to use even they'll charge even more.
Their argument is that their costs are going up for gasoline for their trucks and chemicals for the water. If less water is being used, shouldn't there be less chemicals being used?
And, we're really supposed to believe that it's just the cost of gasoline that is causing this price increase? Not other factors like more employees, higher wages, more admin staff and costs, or less productive.
Seems there are some missing (operational/financial) facts from this presentation. It doesn't make sense as is.
Isn't this what "government" always tries to do--raise charges (prices, taxes), rather than reducing costs and size.....just bring in more money to sustain and grow the empire (at the expense of the real producers).

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Posted by make sense
a resident of Danville
on Apr 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

Seriously. If we use more water they'll consider raising rates less.
Everybody: turn your hose on and leave it on all day.
Rising gas prices have been all of the last 2 months (since Libya); now they're talking a rate increase (which will never be decreased). When gas prices went up to $4 a couple years back and then down, was there a corresponding decrease? NO!
Mark June 14 on your calendar and let's turn out to tell these jackals exactly how we feel at the public hearing. Make them open up the books so we can all see how they're ripping us off.

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Posted by howzat
a resident of Danville
on Apr 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

Hmm. I looked on their website. You can make $76K / year + benefits as a "paving raker" which is the guy who stands behind the asphalt truck filling in the holes left behind.
Web Link
They just *might* want to consider lowering their obscene salaries? Wonder what the GM makes - $400K or so?
All is not right at EBMUD.

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Posted by Gaby
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

It appears the public users of water accomplished the utilities request to cut back the past couple of years. So the utility raised our rates! I question the management's ability to reorganize as most businesses have done and join together in the "pain" the users are facing. It is easy to raise the rates but not to cut their spending. Go figure PG&E is raising their rates after the terrible disaster and the users once again pay for their incompetence. If utilities are allowed to keep raising the rates retired citizens will not be able to afford to live here anymore. Does anyone care?

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Posted by Laura
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2011 at 7:10 am

Not only do they admit that this consideration is due, in part, to our efforts at conserving water, but they also admit that they have "many trucks"... that is the understatement of the year! Have you seen the trucks driving around? Not only here but up around Ione/Jackson area. Perhaps if they'd consider reducing their fleet of vehicles (some conservation on your part EBMUD please!!!), we would not be penalized for our attempts at conserving one of our natural resources.

This is just wrong, wasn't there just a huge rate increase in 2009? If there is still a public hearing on June 14, the public should attend in full force - spread the word. If you cannot attend, PLEASE consider writing a letter to:

MS 218
P.O. Box 24055
Oakland, CA 94623-1055

The protest letter can be as simple as follows:


Please consider this my written protest to the proposed FY 2012 & FY 2013 rate increases.


Rate Payer’s Name
Service Address
EBMUD Account Number

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