Lots of things are going on around the water tanks at the Foresthill Public Utility District in the next couple of months. Folks have been asking for meetings in the evening, so we've set up three of them between now and the end of February.

The rest of December is likely already booked up for most Foresthillians, so the next Regular Board meet is on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (that's the first time that number has flown across my screen!) when we get together at Memorial Hall at 2:00 pm.

Then on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm in Memorial Hall we ramp up the schedule with an informational session about the new Water Rate Study introduced on November 13. The new plan makes some changes to the way we calculate monthly water bills, so if you'd like to find out how it works for you, come on by. We'll have a short explanatory presentation regarding the proposed new rates, and then answer any questions you have. We'll also have an interactive computer set up to show how new rates might affect you, right there on the screen with your numbers.

The new rate plan, which was created by an outside consultant, sets a lower base rate than before, and also charges for water usage from the first gallon used. It does not have the 10,000 gallon minimum each month like the present plan. This gives each customer the opportunity for more control over his or her own bill, by conserving water. It also means that for many families, the cost for delivered water might be less in winter and higher in summer, depending on actual monthly usage. Most folks may find that their total annual costs for water will be about the same.

Next up is a Regular Board meeting on Wednesday, February 12 at 2:00 pm at Memorial Hall. Then at an evening meeting on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm at Memorial Hall, we’ve planned another information session so customers who couldn't make the January session can learn what they need to know about the new plan. At that same meeting we’ll also consider any written objections to the new Rate Plan in accordance with new FPUD Ordinance 2019-01, which has to do with Exhaustion of Administrative Procedures.

On December 4, 2019 we mailed, to affected Property Owners within the FPUD District boundaries, a Notice of the new rate plan. Protests from affected Property Owners regarding the new rates can be presented to the Board at any time between that date and a February 25 Hearing and Board meeting.

If fewer than a majority of affected Property Owners within the District file a protest, the Board will consider eligible protests received on or by February 25. It will then make a decision whether or not to approve the new rates. If a majority of protests is received, then the new rates would not go into effect and the old rates would continue.

Protests must be in legible written form, and must contain the property owner’s name. (Or the tenant’s name if the property owner approves. Only one protest can be accepted for any one eligible parcel.) It also must contain either the address where the water meter is located, or the Parcel number from Placer County tax rolls. They can be mailed to the District at PO Box 266, Foresthill, CA 95631, or hand delivered to the office during business hours at 24540 Main Street, or dropped in the night payment box in the front wall of the building. You can also call Customer Support at 530-367-2511 if you have questions.

We hope to see you at our meetings, especially the explanatory sessions about the new rates. They should be informative and interesting.

The Employees and Board of Directors of the Foresthill Public Utility District wish everyone an enjoyable Holiday Season and a safe and Happy New Year in 2020. (There, I got it right that time.)

Neil Cochran

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