This is an appeal to everyone who owns vacation property in Calaveras County and is served by the Calaveras County Water District.
Unless a majority of customers protest, rates will be raised every year for the next five years, beginning this September. This means that the minimum bimonthly bill you will receive starting this fall will be $254 and will rise to $352.60 in 2017 — even if you use less than 1,000 cubic feet of water. This is a 25 percent water rate increase in the first year alone.
But you can protest, and "if a majority of the affected property owners file protests, the proposed rate changes will not be imposed," according to the water district.
Please go to www.ccwd.org to read more about this proposed rate increase and to download a sample protest letter. Mail it in time to arrive before July 10 and pass the word to your neighbors!