Why Will We Pay More for Water?

A rate hike of approximately $5.63 will go into effect on May 1.

The Marin Municipal Water District will hold an informational workshop this week on a proposed 6 percent water rate increase.

The workshop will provide information about the district's finances and the reasons for the proposed rate hike.

The hearing is between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the district's board room, 220 Nellen Ave. in Corte Madera.

The rate hike will go into effect for water use beginning May 1 and for meter readings beginning July 1.

The average customer's bill will increase $5.63 per two-month billing period, increasing from $94.44 to $100.07, district spokeswoman Libby Pischel said.

Even with the proposed rate increase, the district delivers water to customers at slightly more than one half-cent per gallon, Pischel said.

The district's board of directors will vote on the rate increase at a public hearing on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the San Rafael City Council Chambers, located at 1400 Fifth Ave. in San Rafael.

Bay City News Service

John Ferguson March 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Water and sewage rates will continue to go up (and people will continue to complain about the increase) until we replace what is now a critically failing infrastructure. The term 'Out of sight, out of mind' really applies here. We don't see water & sewage pipes so we don't understand the dire condition that most of them (some pushing 100 years old) are in. The Ross valley's police and fire departments get new equipment every 5 years and their facilities (and pay packages) are world class, but no one *ever* complains about that expense. I think the water and sewer agencies need a new marketing plan. I'm not saying that police and fire are unimportant, but they get far too much of the public's money for what they provide. We need to spend a bit more on basic infrastructure before the next 20 million dollar police station gets built..


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