South Coast Water District: Rate Increase Information Update

To All Niguel Shores Homeowners:

Please review the South Coast Water District Rate Increase information below.

UPDATED GM REPORT – 6/03/16

As many of you may have read in my GM report on the front page of the Seashore News, the South Coast Water District (SCWD) is proposing a rate increase and there is a Public Hearing scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on June 23rd.  My article addressed the fact that Art Staudenbaur, Board President, Jeannie Sticher, CFO and staff members would be meeting with the water district to discuss alternatives for the Association and ways to minimize the potential increase.

Here is the update from that meeting:

The SCWD agreed that the proposed charges being implemented would have a significant impact on NSCA.  Prior to the meeting, SCWD engineers investigated options to reduce the impact to NSCA.  The option they presented was; SCWD would install two meters and begin abandoning the various meters throughout the community.  The plan is to install an 8” meter at Niguel Shores Drive and Stonehill Drive at a cost of approximately $25,000.  The other meter would be placed close to the Cabrillo entrance at a cost of approximately $60,000. The District would cover ALL costs to implement this transition and the Association would pay the annual meter fees associated with the two new meters or approximately $22,000 in 2017.  This is a significant reduction from the previously anticipated annual cost of $86,000.

This is a viable alternative and something that the Association considers a feasible option.  There are several follow up questions that we have posed to the SCWD that need consideration before any approval.  We encourage residents to attend the June 23rd meeting if they have questions concerning the short or long term plans for the SCWD.

The Board appreciates all that the water district has done to implement this option and look forward to a continuous positive relationship between the Association and the District.

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