Residents of Golden Hills will have to shell out a little more for water service beginning next year.
On the strength of a 5-0 vote at its Nov. 15 meeting, the Golden Hills Community Services District Board of Directors moved to increase both the base and consumptive water rates by the consumer price index of 1.5 percent, effective Feb. 1, 2013.
That means an additional $.42 per month in the winter and $1.40 per month in the summer for the average household.
The rate increase is in compliance with the Prop 218 majority protest allowing an annual adjustment to the water rate, which was approved on Sept. 4, 2008.
While the residential base rate will increase from $2 per 100 cubic foot to $2.63 per month, the rate per 100cf of usage for the first 500cf will be discounted by 50 percent to $1.32.
Commercial rates will follow the same pattern going from $2.74 per 100cf to $2.78 with the first 500cf discounted to $1.39 per 100cf.
Customers will be notified of the increase on their next bill, giving them a fourth five-day notice-15 days longer than required by law.
Other agenda items
In other agenda items, the district's audit received a clean bill of health, while a presentation prepared by the Farmworkers Institute of Education and Leadership Development regarding the war against starthistle in the area, advised the board that any spraying for this year should be delayed until next spring, as the thistle is currently dormant and seeds have already been spread.
Board welcomes new director
Board President Ed Kennedy thanked board member Al Baumgarten for his service to the distrcit since his appointment last year, and announced the addition of newly-elected director Larry Barrett, who will take his seat on the board at the December meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Dec. 20 at the CSD offices 21415 Reeves St. in Golden Hills.