Wednesday, April 14, 2010
THE COMMITTEE OF NATIVE FAMILIES EXPOSES THE TRUTH ABOUT THE RIP-OFF SEWER RATE HIKE IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA
THE SEWER TAX COMPARISION IN OTHER PARTS OF RICHMOND AND HOW THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF RICHMOND AND VEOLIA ARE RIPPING US OFF!!!
EAST BAY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT(EBMUD) -rate payers consist of CITY OF RICHMOND'S RICHMOND ANNEX district (Stege Sanitary) Alameda,Albany,Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland Kensington, Piedmont. The EBMUD single family home monthly charge is $16.23. The yearly charge is $194.76
WEST COUNTY WASTEWATER DISTRICT(WCWD)- ALL NORTHERN SUBDIVISIONS OF RICHMOND,covers all of San Pablo, portions of Pinole, the communities of El Sobrante, East Richmond Heights, Tara Hills, Rollingwood and Bayview and portions of unincorporated County.
For single family home yearly charge is $226.00
RICHMOND MUNICIPAL SEWER DISTRICT(VEOLIA)- this rip-off district serves central and south Richmond, North and East, Pt. Richmond, Marina Bay parts of East Richmond Heights and Richmond Annex.
It has raised it's rates 8% each year for the past 5 years and currently charges per house $506.10, the proposed rip-off increase will raise the yearly charge to $729.86 by 2015.
This month Veolia is asking for another 8% compounded rate increase for the next 3 years. It proposes to spend 35 million dollars half for the waster water treatment plant and half on the collection system.
Rate payers can demand that the treatment plant be closed and wastewater service be returned to EBMUD. Why pay for what we don't need. Richmond wastewater plant is small and not cost effective to maintain and repair.
EBMUD has a much larger treatment facility in Oakland with a huge capacity that can process Richmond's wastewater. When EBMUD takes over, we close the Richmond treatment plant and the costs of maintaining and repairing our collection system would be shared among a larger pool of other cities.
TELL THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON MAY 4TH, 2010:
* PUT THE NEW RATE PLAN ON HOLD IMMEDIATELY.
* HIRE A NEUTRAL PARTY TO REVIEW VEOLIA RATE INCREASE.
* DIRECT STAFF TO MEET WITH EBMUD, SO WE CAN PARTNER WITH THEM NOW.
* DIRECT STAFF TO NEGOTIATE OUT THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WITH VEOLIA.
* REPAIR COLLECTION SYSTEM, SHUT DOWN WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.
THE COMMITTEE OF NATIVE FAMILIES FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN urges you to attend the City Council's Study session on April 27 and Public Hearing on May 4.
The rate hike will be defeated if 8,000 ratepayers express opposition, submit a written protest to:
City Clerk, PO Box 4046, Richmond, CA. 94804
NO MEANS NO!!