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Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 06:00 AM

Golden Hills may reduce commercial water rates

Commercial customers of Golden Hills may be given some relief on their water bills.

Golden Hills Community Services District directors are considering a staff recommendation to do away with commercial water rates in the district, which would have the effect of reducing rates charged to businesses by a little more than five percent.

The proposal was reviewed at a special board meeting on Monday, March 10. CSD staff came to its recommendation after engineering and legal staff compared the costs of providing water for its residents and businesses.

Currently, both pay the same base rate of $21.26.

Residential customers pay $1.33 for up to five units of water, $2.66 for six and more, while commercial customers pay $1.41 and $2.81, respectively. One unit is equal to 100 cubic feet of water, or 748 gallons.

General Manager Bill Fisher said that staff determined there was "not that much" of a difference in the various costs, including energy costs, for providing water to its current two-tier system.

Many of the district's commercial and residential customers are grouped in the same pumping zones as well, he added.

"The water doesn't know if its commercial or residential," Fisher said.

The proposal will be further discusssed at the board's next regular meeting which is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

Other Agenda Items

Also addressed at the special meeting -- which was rescheduled from late February after the district discovered it hadn't been properly noticed -- was an authorization of the Kern Muti-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, a cost of living adjustment for non-exempt hourly employees, and a rescheduling of the Community Clean Up and Earth Day Event.

The board voted unanimously to give a one percent pay increase for non-exempt hourly employees, which is based on adjustments to the consumer price index.

"That is well below what they received last year, which was three percent," Board President Ed Kennedy said.

Also, the district will participate in the Community Clean Up and Earth Day on Saturday, May 3 (the event was originally scheduled for April 26).

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