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May 30, 2014
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County sets utility rate workshop

A workshop to discuss the county’s reasons for wanting to increase sewer and water rates is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 11 at the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department.

Commissioners agreed to hold the workshop at their May 1 meeting when residents protested the increases.

The rate increase would cost the average water user outside of Jobs Peak Ranch $65.31 a month starting July 1, and go up each year until it reached $74.22 a month on July 1, 2018.

Residents said their bills often exceeded that average, which is calculated on an average of 16,000 gallons per month. Public Works Director Carl Ruschmeyer said that use goes up in the summer and down in the winter.

The county is also planning to increase the flat rate for sewer by 3.25 percent each year until July 1, 2018.

Ratepayers would see their bill of $61.43 go up to $63.43 on July 1 and continue to increase until it reaches $72.08 on July 1, 2018.

Representatives of the Wildhorse, Saratoga Springs and Skyline Ranch neighborhoods brought petitions with the signatures of residents protesting the rate increases.

The workshop doesn’t mean the county won’t raise rates, which expire on July 1. Commissioners approved increasing the rates at a March 6 hearing. Most of the protesters live in the area served by the county’s East Valley Water system.

The county is not the largest water or sewer purveyor in Carson Valley. The rate increases won’t affect residents living in the towns of Minden or Gardnerville, the Gardnerville Ranchos or Indian Hills districts or anyone with a well or septic tank.

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 16, 2014 03:22PM Published May 30, 2014 09:14AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.