The city of Oceanside recently sent out a public notice announcing plans to “Apply a 7.5% across-the-board increase to the City’s internal fixed and variable water rates.”
The four-page document included lots of confusing charts and the type of jargon us normies outside the water industry find difficult to understand. The 7.5 percent figure doesn’t appear until the very bottom of the last page.
Problem is, even for those who managed to wade their way through the document, O-side’s rates are actually going up a lot more – about 18.9 percent. That’s what Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard found out when he looked into the water rate increase for a new Fact Check.
Oceanside’s convoluted announcement was the city’s response to Proposition 218, an amendment to the state Constitution that requires water departments to notify customers of price hikes.
The trouble with Prop. 218, Rivard said, is that it doesn’t specify how folks should be notified. The result has been a crap shoot of messages from water agencies when it comes time to ask for more money that vary from clear to cloudy.
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