NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Rancho Murieta Community Services District (District) is proposing a rate adjustment for all residential and commercial customers effective July 1, 2018. This proposal will be considered by the District Board of Directors at a public hearing occurring no earlier than 6:00 p.m. during the Regular Board Meeting on May 16, 2018.

Why are the rates changing?

The proposed rate increases are based on the projected budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The actual rate increases may be less than but in no case more than the proposed rates provided in this notice. The proposed budget results in a 3.9% increase (approximately $6.66 per month) to the average residential bill for all services: water, sewer, drainage, security and solid waste.

Proposed Rate Increase Sample Bill

Please note that this $6.66 increase includes a potential $1.00 per month, state-imposed tax that would be collected by the District and remitted to the State of California. Without the expected new state tax, the average residential bill increase would be 3.3%. There are currently two proposals being put forward that would impose taxes and/or fees on water provided to you by the District. The first of these is Senate Bill 623. The second is included as a trailer bill to Governor Brown’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget. Links to information on both of these proposals are provided below.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB623

http://www.dof.ca.gov/Budget/Trailer_Bill_Language/documents/SafeandAffordableDrinkingWater.pdf

For the District, operational costs are anticipated to increase 5.0%, or $306,509 for fiscal year 2018–19, versus the prior year’s budget. This increase is the result of increases in items such as wages and employer costs, medical premiums, SMUD electric rates, solid waste contract rates, legal expenses, and permits.

The proposed rate increase also includes Capital Replacement Reserve contributions of $535,160, which is an increase of 5.2%, or $26,246 over the prior year’s budget.

District Maintaining Focus on Cost Efficiency

The District remains committed to providing superior community services efficiently and professionally at a reasonable cost. The District is working diligently to identify cost savings where possible to reduce the rate increase impact on all residential and non-residential customers.

How can I protest the proposed rates?

The owner of record of any parcel wishing to protest the proposed rate increases may mail or deliver a signed written protest to the District. Protests must be submitted in writing even if you plan to speak at the public hearing.  Written letters of protest must be received at the District prior to the close of the May 16, 2018 public hearing. Email protest letters will not be accepted. Protests must contain your name and a description of the property in which you have an ownership interest. A street address and/or the assessor’s parcel number are sufficient descriptions. If you were not the owner of record as of Sacramento County’s last tax roll, your protest must contain written evidence that you presently own the property.

If a majority of the affected parcel owners submit written protests, the proposed rates will not go into effect.  Only one protest per parcel shall be counted.

Written protests should be mailed to:

             Rancho Murieta Community Services District

             Attn:  Controller

             P.O. Box 1050

             Rancho Murieta, CA  95683

or hand-delivered to Rancho Murieta Community Services District Administration Office at 15160 Jackson Road.

How will the rate changes impact my monthly bill?

WATER

The proposed 2018-19 monthly bill increase for an average consumption residential metered lot is projected to be $3.02 or 4.7%.

DRAINAGE

The proposed 2018-19 monthly bill increase for a residential metered lot is projected to be $0.10 or 2.0%.

SEWER

The proposed 2018-19 monthly bill increase for a residential metered lot is projected to be $1.22 or 2.7%.

SECURITY

The proposed 2018-19 monthly bill increase for a residential metered lot inside the RMA gates is projected to be $0.57 or 2.0%.

SOLID WASTE

The proposed 2018-19 monthly bill increase for a 64 gallon container is projected to be $0.75 ($0.72 for the container and $0.03 for the Sacramento County Surcharge) or 3.6%. This increase is due to operational cost increases per contract with California Waste Recovery Services and anticipated increases in Sacramento County’s landfill surcharges.