Apple Valley Heights County Water District Proposition 218 Notification Notice of Public Hearing Water Rate Adjustments
Hearing Date and Time: February 21, 2023
Hearing Location: 9429 Cerra Vista Street, Apple Valley, CA 92308
This letter is to advise you that the Apple Valley Heights County Water District is proposing a five-year water rate program adjustment for all residential customers. The proposal will be considered Apple Valley Heights County Water District Board of Directors at a Public Hearing on February 21, 2023. You are receiving this notice in compliance with California Proposition 218 requirements that all impacted property owners are mailed notice of proposed rate changes at least 45 days prior to a public hearing.
BASIS OF PROPOSED RATES
The Apple Valley Heights County Water District is required by State law to collect revenues sufficient to fund current and future costs of operating, maintaining, and administering the existing water facilities as well as to fund the capital improvements and infrastructure replacement program. These revenues allow the Apple Valley Heights County Water District to protect public health and safely and reliably deliver clean, safe drinking water to all connections. By State law, the Apple Valley Heights County Water District may not collect more revenue than is necessary to recover the costs of providing services. The proposed rates were developed through a comprehensive Water Rate Study designed to meet all legal requirements and fairly and equitably recover the required revenue. The Water Rate Study was prepared by Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and provides a detailed explanation of the projected inflationary impact on operating costs and is available for review by the public at the district office located at 9429 Cerra Vista Street, Apple Valley, CA 92308.
WHY APPLE VALLEY HEIGHTS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT WATER RATES MUST BE ADJUSTED
Customer water rates are the primary source of revenue to operate the Apple Valley Heights County Water District water system. These rates generate the revenue to operate the system and invest in necessary upgrades. To continue the Apple Valley Heights County Water District water system’s ability to provide reliable water services to our customers, rate increases are necessary to cover increasing operational costs. While the Apple Valley Heights County Water District Board of Directors works diligently to contain costs. Financial planning and appropriate rate-setting based on cost of service is AVHCWD’s responsibility, to ensure we deliver the service you deserve and water the quality and reliability you expect.
THE RATE PROPOSAL WILL BE USED TO:
• Fund replacing our underground infrastructure
• Construct and modernize capital infrastructure to meet increasing water maintenance sufficient emergency reserves
• Address current and anticipated cost increases
• Ensure AVHCWD can withstand financial pressures that could result from increased regulation of water supply sources and mitigation of contaminants of emerging concern the level of existing and needed investment in water supply, water treatment and distribution infrastructure, and geographic location.
WHAT STEPS DID THE APPLE VALLEY HEIGHTS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT TAKE TO REDUCE COST BEFORE CONSIDERING INCREASING CUSTOMER RATES?
The Apple Valley Heights County Water District conducted a comprehensive line by line review of the budgetary expenditures to maximize available resources and reduce operational costs to a minimum. We have reduced the recommended annual replacement reserves to a minimum and performed a comprehensive evaluation of general overhead expenses.
PROPOSITION 218 PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURE
All property owners and other interested parties are invited to attend the hearing and present written and/or oral comments. As an owner or customer of record of a parcel subject to the imposition of the proposed rate adjustments, you may submit a written protest against the proposed rate changes. Only ONE written protest will be counted per identified parcel. If written protests are presented by a majority of the owners of property that is subject to the rate change prior to the end of the hearing, the Board of Directors cannot approve the change.
WRITTEN PROTESTS MUST INCLUDE:
• YOUR ORIGINAL SIGNATURE AND DATE
• YOUR NAME TYPED OR PRINTED UNDER THE SIGNATURE
• THE ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY
• AN AFFIRMATION THAT YOU ARE THE OWNER OR CUSTOMER OF RECORD OF THE PROPERTY; AND
• YOUR REASONS FOR PROTEST
Written protests will not be accepted by e-mail or fax. Verbal protests will not be counted. Protests must be received (not postmarked) prior to the close of the public hearing. Written protests may be submitted to:
P.O. BOX 938, Apple Valley, CA 92307 or 9429 Cerra Vista Street, Apple Valley, CA 92308
The Board of Directors, after the close of the public hearing, will adopt the rates. The rates will not exceed the increases set forth herein. The adoption of the new rate schedule will take effect beginning March 1, 2023.
PROPOSED MONTHLY RATE SCHEDULE
The proposed rate schedule is set forth below. The water rates will be adjusted beginning on March 1, 2023. and will adjust by the greater of 3% percent or the current year’s Consumer Price Index annually for the subsequent four years. The final adjustment under this resolution will be on June 20, 2029. Any subsequent adjustments will be subject to a Proposition 218 hearing.
MONTHLY RATE SCHEDULES AS ADOPTED IN RESOLUTION NO. XX-XXX
Any judicial action or proceeding to attack, review, set aside, void, validate, or annul an ordinance, resolution, or motion adopting a fee or charge for water service, or modifying or amending an existing fee or charge for waterservice, shall be commenced within 120 days of the effective date or of the date of the final passage, adoption, or approval of the ordinance, resolution, or motion, whichever is later.