Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A History of Raising Water Rates In South Alameda County

ALAMEDA COUNTY | This is the Alameda County Water District's most recent history: over the past 12 years it has raised water rates on its 336,000 customers in South Alameda County by percentages of 7, 6, 6, 5, 8, 4, 6, 9, 8, 9, 17 and this past week another 7.

Now the Bay Area News Group reports the same water district plans to spend $280,000 on research and publication of two books chronicling its 100-year history. A 450-page volume is planned along with a smaller pictorial version of the district's history slated for a run of 15,000 copies, said the paper.

In recent years, public officials at the water district have pushed through rates increases on Fremont, Newark and Union City residents to improve its aging infrastructure and pension obligations.

The dubious expenditure of creating a book of its history will likely raise the ire and water temperature of their customers.

Besides, when it comes to obscure special districts, everyone knows the best reads come not from water districts, but local sanitary districts because everybody wants to read that shit.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if all of you know that the Water District supports an elected Board of 5 individuals, each receiving approx. $28,000 annually in health care benefits. These "positions" are part-time and they receive a "stipend" to attend monthly meetings and perhaps other "committee" meetings. I have asked Walt Wadlow, G.M. if these members receive health care from their "full time:" jobs, do they take this money in cash? He has refused to answer that email. I am guessing the answer must be yes, and that that money is most likely tax free. The rate payers also support 4 other retired board members, even though they finished their terms decades ago. Again no response about that issue. Further details, which are not out there...rate payers were asked to send their concerns and opposition to the increase by 1/9/14--a board meeting, but the Board had already decided to pass the increase. All of us in attendance shouted out "you already decided." And, there was absolutely no discussion about how to rein in pension costs--or how to stop workers from receiving a $90,000 bonus at retirement.