Editor:

Yes, we all need clean, safe water. Of course. I’m willing to pay more for this vital commodity. But to tax at these proposed exorbitant rates cannot be the only solution.

The Idyllwild Water District board needs to extend the June 20 deadline for protests by several months so their customers have time to be better informed.

IWD customers were recently mailed notice of a public hearing for proposed rate changes. The water rate schedule provided in this mailing is extremely misleading, and not enough information was enclosed for me to get an accurate picture. My water rate will be increasing at least 60 percent in the next five years.

Whose income can support that? I’m especially worried about people on fixed incomes, minimum-wage earners and low-income families. If you rent now, you are already experiencing increases. New water rates will force your rent even higher.

The board will accept written protests until June 20, and then ... surprise ... pass these increases. This is unacceptable.

I feel rushed and upset over this lack of transparency. If readers are likeminded, it is imperative to attend the May 16 board meeting at 6 p.m. and speak up. Renters, you, too, have voices. Customers need time in order to make informed decisions.

Jeri John

Idyllwild 

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