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Decision Coming On T.U.D. Rates

Sonora, CA — The T.U.D. Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on long anticipated plans to increase water and sewer rates.

A special meeting will be held Tuesday at 5:30pm in the district meeting room. The proposal calls for rates to gradually increase over the coming five years. For example, the current minimum monthly fixed charge for water use would increase from $36.38 to $47.50 by next year. It would go up to $64.50 by the year 2020.

The meeting will open with a presentation by Dave Andres, the former T.U.D. Interim General Manager, who is now a consultant for the district. He will provide an overview of the projected water and sewer revenues and expenses over the next five years, and talk about planned capital improvement projects. The Board will then have time to ask questions about the presentation. From there, the public will have time to address the board and speak either for or against the plan. Later in the meeting, the board will decide how to proceed and move forward, which could include passing the rate increases.