Two special districts will hold important special meetings Tuesday, Sept. 15, to hear from the public and discuss the possibility of raising Cambrians’ rates for water and wastewater-treatment (5 to 7:30 p.m., Cambria Community Services District) and North Coast health care priorities through 2018 (2 p.m., Cambria Community Healthcare District).
Both meetings will be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
Services district directors Jim Bahringer and Amanda Rice are on a rate ad-hoc committee that is hosting the public workshop on rates. The CSD has planned for some time to try to raise rates again, but district coffers are approaching a critical-shortage stage because of a number of factors, most related to the fiscal effect of the four-year drought.
Among those factors are:
- The cost of building a $13 million emergency water-supply project, getting the emergency permit to do so, preparing environmental documents and pursuing a permanent permit to continue to use the plant.
- Cambrians’ remarkable record on using less water, which means the district’s water sales are reduced substantially.
- A delay in receiving a $4.3 million drought-related state grant, issuance of which now appears to be delayed by the district’s ongoing update of a 1980 groundwater management plan.
Bahringer said that this meeting is “to hear from the public, to make sure our assumptions are reasonable and find out if the public has different ideas.”
District General Manager Jerry Gruber said in a recent email that, before taking public input, staff will give a short presentation “on the current rate structure and why rate adjustments are needed.”
At the health care district’s meeting, trustees are to review and edit the strategic-goals assessment they developed at a June 29 workshop. Trustees plan to determine how they’ll receive public input on the goals assessment.