SAN ANDREAS, Calif. – June 7, 2019 - The Calaveras Public Utility District (www.cpud.org) is postponing its planned June 11, 2019 public hearing regarding proposed water rate increases.
The District received a letter from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association asserting that the District did not give proper notice of the planned hearing. The District disagrees with this assertion; however, in order to avoid the costs of defending the District against potential litigation, the Board of Directors has elected to postpone the hearing.
At its June 11, 2019 meeting, the Board will set a new date for the hearing. The District will mail notice of the new hearing at least forty-five days prior to the new hearing date.
Our intent is that any protest or written testimony sent to the District in connection with the originally noticed June 11, 2019 hearing will be a part of the record of the new public hearing.View the press release here
Calaveras Public Utility District's primary income source comes from monthly water service fees, which are used to fund the overall operations and maintenance of the water system as well as rehabilitation and improvement of the District's aging water infrastructure.
The current rate structure has been in place since 2012 with the last increase in July 2016. The current rate structure is not sufficient to meet the budgetary needs of the District.
CPUD must comply with all federal and state standards. The District is subject to annual state inspections by the State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water (SWRCB-DDW), Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ensure infrastructure meets or regulatory and compliance standards. State and federal regulators increase requirements frequently, which increases the District's compliance costs and often requires continuous improvements to the District's infrastructure.
CPUD approves rate study and begins proposed rate increase process at the April 16, 2019 Board meeting. See links below for proposed rate information.View the Frequently Asked Questions from the Information Meetings hereView the slideshow presentation from the Information Meetings hereView the Prop 218 Notice hereView the Water Rate Cost of Service Study (4.17.19) hereView the proposed rate chart hereView Resolution 2019-8: Guidelines for Public Hearing hereView the Spring Newsletter here