- Residents will have chance to protest water rate increase
City residents will have a chance to shoot down the proposed water rate increases at a public hearing, as part of a protest vote required by the state.
To allow for the protest vote under state law, the city will be sending letters to residents at least 45 days before the public hearing and Lodi City Council meeting on Dec. 18.
The letters will inform residents on how to file an objection to the proposal with the city. Residents have until Dec. 18 to send in a protest vote, in which they will have to prove they are responsible for the services at a given location.
At the public hearing, the protest votes will be counted. If the protest votes add up to more than 50 percent of the total eligible vote, the rate hikes will not go into effect, according to Public Works Director Wally Sandelin and the city’s rate consultant Robert Reed.
— Todd Allen Wilson
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am
If your water comes from the City of Lodi, chances are your monthly water bill will go up in January and your wastewater bill will be higher in July.
January’s water bill will include a 2.5-percent water rate increase that was approved in 2009.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am.