I am a little late to report this as I’ve been distracted with other stories, but I finally made my way back to the Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) where they have raised their rates by $26 bringing the charge to $618 per equivalent service unit (ESU), effective July 1, 2012.
The ISD had the option of increasing rates by up to $58, but chose middle ground at just $26. The sad part of this increase is they did so under the radar as they held this discussion on June 5–which was election night!
As I reported back on May 30, this increase is being used for pay increases while ensuring no staff are laid off or furloughed which according to General Manager Tom Williams “would not kill staff moral” as he told me during the Breakfast with the Mayor hosted by the Oakley Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Williams also said he prepared five different budgets to give the Board multiple options on rate increases and the effects each one would have.
With no justification for a rate increase or using reserves to cover the increase first, the board voted in favor 5-0.
- Doug Hardcastle
- Chris Lauritzen
- Michael Painter
- David Huerta
- David Contreras
So while the City of Oakley has had to deal with layoffs and furloughs, along with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and many other agencies, the ISD’s justification was ensuring staff moral was okay by putting it on the rate payer instead of getting creative with working within their means.
Shame on this Board!
Below is the notice they have posted on their website.
IRONHOUSE SANITARY DISTRICT
Summary of Ordinance No. 48 and Order No. 12-17
Increasing the Sewer Service Charge
On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, after public notice, the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board of Directors adopted its Ordinance No. 48 and Order No. 12-17 (the “Ordinance”), summarized as follows.
The sewer service charge of the Ironhouse Sanitary District is increased by $26, bringing the charge to $618 per equivalent service unit (ESU), effective July 1, 2012.
The Board also made certain related findings concerning notice, testimony presented, environmental effects, etc. and designated the undersigned to prepare and publish this summary in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Section 6490.
Reference is made to the entire text of the Ordinance for a full statement of its provisions. The Ordinance is available upon request from Ironhouse Sanitary District, 450 Walnut Meadows Drive, Post Office Box 1105, Oakley, California 94561, tel. 925-625-2279, Attn: Susan Walde, District Secretary.
Voting in favor of Ordinance: Directors David Contreras, Doug Hardcastle, David Huerta, Chris Lauritzen, and Michael Painter. Voting against the Ordinance: none. Absent from the vote: none.
Dated: June 6, 2012.
Susan V. Walde, Secretary
Ironhouse Sanitary District