New Hidden Valley Lake Sewer Rates Take Effect in July

The New Hidden Valley Lake sewer rates will take effect July 1st. The proposed sewer rates consist of a “fixed charge” and a “volumetric charge.” All customers will pay the same fixed charge. The other charge is determined by the average monthly water usage for the months of January through April. The district was also considering water rate increases using a tiered water rate structure. But they are waiting to implement that rate change because the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeals found that another city’s tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional for charging more for water than the cost to provide the service. Since there is uncertainty with tiered water rates, the district will look at an alternative rate structure and introduce it in the near future.