The Nipomo Community Services District has just approved a 34 percent water rate increase on top of the 50 percent increase in 2012. That will only pay for one-fourth of the water it plans on buying from Santa Maria.
Is there a ban on new connections? No.
Recently, the NCSD approved a drop in connection fees for a new home by about 40 percent. All this is after 72 percent voted no in 2012 for the Santa Maria water project.
To cancel the water rate increase, 50 percent of the connections/parcels need to send in a protest ballot. What can you do? You need to protest and get 10 other people to protest.
The NCSD code states that you can protest by turning in a statement of protest with a name, an address and an original, dated signature to the NCSD office by 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.
To make it more difficult, the NCSD notice states you also must have an APN number. Legal requirement or not, there is help for getting a ballot and your APN.
There will be a meeting at the Nipomo library:
Tuesday, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Information also is available at http://NCSDRateProtest.com.