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Water wholesaler expected to raise rates at Wednesday meeting

Original post made on Oct 18, 2015

Zone 7 Water Agency's Board of Directors will meet Wednesday evening to decide how much to raise wholesale water rates, a decision that will trickle down to affect the water bills of local residents and businesses.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 16, 2015, 5:24 PM

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Posted by Penny Watcher
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Oct 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

I have a related post in article about rate increases imposed by Pleasanton

OK, So Zone 7 has financial troubles. No argument that they have to do something to address that to be a viable ongoing concern. BUT there are two sides to the ledger - I will bet you your first months increase from zone 7 that there has not been anything close to a 35% reduction in expenses. Actually if one looks there has been an INCREASE in expenses with a large chunk being employee salaries and benefits but it's near impossible to figure that out because Zone 7, as the Grand Jury noted is anything but transparent. (What,? A major rate increase in the works and the consultants report is not yet avaiable and its 3 days before the scheduled decision?)

The second question that must be asked when a company gets itself into financial problems is who has accountability? yes the drought is a contributing factor, but the drought has been with us (according to a presentation by Zone 7 management) for 8 years - why has something not been done before this? The answer is easy, poor oversight and management.

Management and the Board are always accountable. When that happens in the private sector those are gone.

THAT is what must happen at Zone. Where is the Board of Supervisors? Where is the legislature? Where is the PUC? Where is the Fourth Estate? Or does this need to come down to "We the people"?

Posted by One source
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

One source who controls all of our water - MONOPOLY. They can pick the rates and we are stuck. Time to diversify our water sources.

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