Dear Dr. Schelly:
Recently, the Idyllwild Water District Board of Directors held a hearing to approve a new water rate structure defining two classes — residential and commercial — using rate tiers and quantities of water within each tier. You advised the community that your counsel approved the new rate structure.
As you know, the California Court of Appeal District Four has specific, measurable performance expectations of Idyllwild Water District in this matter. Therefore, pursuant to my rights under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), I ask to (inspect/obtain a copy of) the following, which I understand to be held by your agency:
Written evidence submitted to rate payers prior to the rate adoption hearing explaining in sufficient detail that each rate tier complies with the court expectations and Prop 218 that each tier rate generates only the revenue necessary to actually produce that quantity of water.
I remind the district that the court exemplified what highly suspect tiers could look like. The court also explained how a disparaged class might appear. Within this context, I feel it necessary to also provide this request to your counsel.