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City Council Votes to Raise Water Rates

Residents will see fees jump about 17 percent over the next five years.

Citing the need to upgrade aging infrastructure facilities, the Glendora City Council voted to raise the city’s water rates by about 17 percent over the next five years.

Tuesday's 4-0 vote (Mayor Pro Tem Gene Murabito was absent) will put the new water rates into effect by the first billing cycle of the next fiscal year.

The rates will raise the average user’s rates by $12 by the end of the 5-year cycle.

With underground water pipes more than 50 years old, the city has had to contend with recent leaks in the system, according to Public Works director Dave Davies.

Davies said the new rates will help fund $125 million worth of remaining water master plan improvements.

“This is part of our plan to continue with our capital improvements and repairs,” said City Council Member Karen Davis. “The amount of leaks we’ve had recently is indicative of our aging infrastructure and we need to fix it.”

Still, several residents voiced concern over the fixed rate portions of their bills.

“We really can’t do anything about our bill pretty much,” said Glendora Resident John Lentz. “I have low flush toilets and a new dishwasher. I have my sprinklers on timer, we have a water barrel outside to collect rain water. But I was told there was nothing else I can do because of the fixed rates. I don’t oppose the rate increase –  $12 at the end of the five years is not going to hurt me, but I know it will hurt a lot of other people.”

Davies said only 61 people sent in letters of protest prior to Tuesday's meeting. To prevent a water rate increase, the city would need to receive 6,604 protests -- or more than half of the city's water customers. 

But council members deemed the rate hike necessary to fund upgrades to an aging infrastructure, pointing to city figures that showed previous rates so insufficient that the city was subsidizing capital improvement projects out of its general fund.

“Every resident in Glendora should share in the fixed cost in the water operations in the city,” said Mayor Doug Tessitor. “In other words, even if you never turned on your tap and drew a drop of water, you would still have to pay the ready to serve charge. Why? Because you have the ability and you have to have the ability to turn on the water.”

Davies said residents who have questions regarding their water bills, should contact the Water Department.

Anthony Bader December 25, 2011 at 02:19 AM
GS, the fact that Bill C. will not confront my facts, face-to-face before city council (as he's always challenged me to), is only proof that the real coward in this argument is Bill C. himself. Bill C. protects the Glendora police department with personal attacks against citizens who are angered/dissatisfied with the GPD and chief Castro. Bill C. claims to know many "friends," including incompetent chief Castro himself. Furthermore, it's quite funny that someone who arrogantly claims that I hide behind the keyboard, making "inflammatory remarks" of the GPD, would not only be flagrantly hypocritical to mirror his own accusations to others who disagree with him... but would also attack the educational, occupational, and military background of those that disagree with him. Bill C. is a coward. And for the record, Bill C. has surrendered the argument of this topic on Patch. Bill C. had once said that he will rebut my claims, face-to-face, at city council. Yet now, Bill C. backs down and says, "I can't respond to something i suddenly hear Bader not knowing what you'll actually present or in what manner to rebut it." Bill C. is aware of the exact facts that I will present... he scrutinized all of my posts that are critical of the Glendora police department and chief Castro. Bill C. has more than adequate time to prepare a rebuttal presentation. But instead, Bill C. opts to cower... stating that he will not argue face-to-face with me. The only fraud on Patch is Bill C!
John K.J. December 25, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I had attended a city meeting not more than 2 years ago & if I recall, I had an exchange with someone named Bill or Bob. A very passive-aggressive type who I did not really care for. I have not attended a meeting since because I don't like to waste my energy with people of that type. I am a very old man and like to enjoy nice things as I've discovered since my wife's passing. "Coward" for that man who I spoke to is a nice word to describe him.
Ian December 26, 2011 at 02:57 AM
I like Powerpoint presentations, and in all honesty, I am looking forward to seeing/hearing what you have. I just hope you'll give me a heads up regarding what night you'll be doing the presentation.
Bill C. December 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM
John K.J., I last spoke at a council meeting about six years ago, wasn't me you spoke to Ian, understand your concern about 3%@50 and know that may go away with future hires due to budget constraints. That being said I believe 100% that cops deserve that type of retirement. I believe that not only for what they risk every day in just making traffic stops, running towards trouble when most people would run from it, having to deal with the fact that most contacts you have with people will be unpleasant as compared to pleasant which is the norm in most occupations but something most here would have little knowledge of and that's the pressure cops are put under by city officials, department higher up and citizens that make their stress level rise to unbelievable highs. Unless you've worked for some years in law enforcement you can't truly know the extent of what I'm talking about.
Bill C. December 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Last year the Baca had to cut 128 million from his budget and next year the projection is a little over 50 million and boy is he upset. How do you think he'll try to make up some of his lost funding? How about raising the cost of doing business even more for contract cities that already go up yearly? He's already had to alter work schedules and cut services and with the ACLU all over him regarding the problems at L.A. County Jail would it really be wise for any city to look to starting a contract with LASD at this time? http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_19242719

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