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Wednesday, Feb 12 2014 06:00 AM

City won't raise rates for water, sewer or trash

Utility customers in the City of Tehachapi will be spared from rate increases for a year.

That includes water, sewer and trash collection (handled by Benz Sanitation for the city).

That's the word from city officials who note that the City Council on Feb. 3 took a positive step for its residents by foregoing a regularly scheduled rate increase based upon the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CPI is "a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services." More simply, it's a measure of how expensive things have become. The CPI is the basis for automatic city rate increases on water, sewer, and trash services to keep up with inflation.

While this year's CPI was minimal (only 0.4 percent), according to a press release from the city, and could have been automatically added to rate payer's bills without significant impact to the majority of customers, the city staff recommended to the council that it forego the increase.

"We've been able to streamline our operations and reduce costs to maintain a balanced budget throughout the recession" said City Manager, Greg Garrett. "Our staff does a great job of providing services within existing budgets and we felt like giving customers a break, even a small one, was just the right thing to do. We spoke to Benz Sanitation about our idea and they were happy to agree so that prices for water, sewer, and trash would not increase this year."

For more information contact Garrett at 822-2200 ext 105 or at ggarrett@tehachapicityhall.com.

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