The SFID proposal to raise rates by 9 percent over the next three years on customers in Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach progressed even with a divided board of directors. Rate hikes are expected to take effect March 1st, 2016, if the process advances.
The SFID Board voted in a 3-2 decision at their October 1 meeting to move forward with water rate hikes. At the October 15 meeting, the board continued to debate the pros and cons of increased costs.
The Rancho Santa Fe Review reports the split decision appears to fall along geographical lines.
According to the RSF Review:
“Santa Fe directors are elected by division, and the split between the board on the rate increase proposal appears to follow the lines of the district’s geographical boundaries.
Hogan, Smerican and Daddi represent divisions on the west side of the district, which fall mostly within the city of Solana Beach, where residents typically have smaller lot sizes. Gruzdowich and King represent the district’s eastern service area, including the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, which have larger estate lots. The district’s largest water users generally are found in the eastern service areas.
While the average proposed rate increase would be 9 percent, the specific increase facing a customer on his or her bimonthly bill depends on how much water that customer uses, and the customer’s classification, such as single-family, commercial or multi-family.”