The new Clovis water rate is a 77.5 percent increase from $16.80 to $29.82 for those who use just 10,000 gallons per billing cycle.
I request that the city defer the April 11 hearing and not proceed with new rate “adjustments” until they have reissued the proposed rate chart and shown the percentages of increases for each rate level. This is full transparency.
Why will there be a 3 percent yearly rate increase? Use an independent cost-of-living indicator. And the person in charge of the water department should not be the one who evaluates the adequacy of the water fund for his department. That’s a conflict of interest.
Regarding charging more for water during a drought. The “legal” term for someone who charges more for services or products during a time of “emergency” or scarcity is “gouging.” Why is the city of Clovis, a government body, engaging in gouging?
The only fair conservation method is for residents to voluntarily reduce their own consumption. If we know the goal, we will meet it. What, they don’t trust us?
Hap Cluff, Clovis