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Helix Water District to Hold Public Forum Tuesday on Rate Increase

Customers could expect to see an increase of 4.7 percent or $5.50 per bimonthly bill ($2.75 per month) beginning with water used in September.

In the wake of the news that the will raise water rates for FY 2012-13, the agency will hold an informational public forum on Tuesday.

Helix Water announced late last month that due to the rising cost of wholesale water, customers could expect to see an beginning with water used in September.

The public forum will be held at the , 4975 Memorial Drive, from 6-7:30 p.m.

The primary reason for the proposed rate increase is the cost of wholesale water increasing by 9.5 percent, as well as the amount of water the district needs to purchase due to dry year conditions.    

The rate structure supports the district’s Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget in which the district has made a conscious effort to reduce expenditures to help minimize the rate increase and rate impact on customers.

The district held a , about proposed and eventually approved rate increased for FY 2011-12, which was sparsely attended.

Proposition 218 Notice, the FY 2012-13 budget, and water rate study information is available at the Helix Water District website.   

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