PGS Rate Hike = 28%; Pleasanton Water Rate Hike = ? Around Town, posted by Billie, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on May 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm
PGS rates just increased 14%; when curbside recycling is implemented, should you opt for the larger garbage bin, your rate will increase another 14%.
May 5th the Council is considering a resolution requesting Pleasanton Water Customers to voluntarily reduce their water demand by 20% during the calendar year 2009. Of course, that will mean a loss of revenue. The Staff Report suggests that "The loss in revenue due to water conservation could be offset by changing the City existing water rate structure to compensate for different levels of water demand reductions or slightly higher water rates or tiers for higher use customers."
This happens every time there's a crunch - first the voluntary reduction, then the forced reduction - because everyone knows that if you cut back too much during a voluntary reduction, you're going to be in dire straits when the forced reduction comes. Of course, with reduction the water/gas/garbage/energy provider loses revenue, so the rates have to go up to compensate.
What do you think? How much will the increase in water rates be? At least 28% to match PGS? More? The City was already performing a water rate study to adjust existing rates, so any loss of revenue would probably be on top of the "adjusted" rates.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on May 1, 2009 at 3:05 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
"or slightly higher water rates or tiers for higher use customers."
Rate hikes for all you water hogs and those who don't pay attention to leaks in your irrigation systems, etc.! Those of us who already conserve water always get punished for our good deeds when asked to reduce another 20% and then they raise the general rate.