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Please forward to all your Amador contacts!
Rate hikes for Amador Water Agency (AWA) customers loom large if at least half of the agency’s 7200 customers don’t file written protests.
That’s right, AWA directors are moving once again to raise our water rates.
This means that if we do not act by August 15, the service charge portion of our water bills will more than double. That’s an increase of $186/year.
Luckily, we can stop this increase. If AWA receives enough valid protests there will be NO rate increase. It’s just that simple.
We must stop AWA from taking more of our money and squandering it on “debt service,” “upgrades to water facilities,” and “improved revenue” (as AWA's letter states). The same AWA directors who are trying to increase our water rates have continually told us that they were saving money by building very expensive projects. Unfortunately, these projects never save money as predicted and instead, the Directors are asking for yet another big rate increase. Now they want more money from us to pay for all of their waste, poor judgment and bad decisions.
Every year, ratepayers shell out more than $2.7 million in interest payments alone on $39 million in debt from infrastructure projects that did not improve our quality of life. Let’s not give them more of our money so they can keep spending, keep borrowing and keep increasing the debt payments. AWA is our local example of irresponsible government, spending and borrowing our money without improving our lives. Let us, the ratepayers, hold them accountable by filing protests against the latest big rate hikes. We need 50% of AWA customers to file a protest in order to stop the spending and borrowing madness of the Amador Water Agency.
Ratepayers should have received a protest form in the mail from AWA recently. If you need a form, you can use the attached form or just write one out by hand including the information below.
In order for your protest to be counted, you must be an AWA water customer (renters may protest if their name is on the AWA account). You may submit one protest for each water connection (use a separate form for each connection).Your protest must be received by August 15, 2017, in writing (no email), and include all of the following:
“I hereby protest the proposed adjustments to rates and charges for water service to be considered by the Agency Board of Directors at the public hearing set for August 15, 2017.”
· -APN (Assessor Parcel Number) of the parcel served. Tenants do not need to supply the APN. Your APN is on your property tax bill. If you do not know your APN, you can search by street address on Amador County’s web site https://gisviewer.amadorgov.org/GPV/ParcelSearch.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your street address and we will look up your APN for you.
· -Street address & city of the parcel served
· -AWA customer account # (on your water bill)
· -AWA customer signature
Send your completed protest to AWA or Ratepayer Protection Alliance (RPA). If you send the completed protest form to RPA, we can track our progress and will deliver your protest to the meeting on August 15. Whoever you send it to, be sure to get it in the mail before August 11 so it arrives in time. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
We the ratepayers have the power to stop this rate increase, but we need everyone’s help to be successful. Please forward this message to help spread the word. Email it, Tweet it, post it on Facebook and show it to all of your Amador contacts.
Let’s keep our money in our own pockets by holding our local government accountable.
Mail your AWA Rate Increase Protest with all the required information by August 11, 2017 to:
PO Box 51
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Your neighbors and your wallet will thank you.
If you would like to stay updated on the progress of the protest, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017