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California Public Utility Commission Approves 28.7% AV Ranchos Water Increase



APPLE VALLEY-( Apple Valley residents might just have to pull their belts a little tighter after the newly approved rate hike for the Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. The town of Apple Valley has announced that a water bill increase in the amount of 28.7% or more than $200 a year will be applied to resident bills based on normal water usage. The California Public Utility Commission approved the rate increase that was requested by AV Ranchos Water Company since 2014.

These increases may be seen as early as November, in all households, including those that reduced their water usage by 28%, which was the conservation goal set under Governor Jerry Brown’s drought order. These rates are in addition to the surcharge placed on customers by AVR, which adds $2.84 to a customer for every hundred cubic feet of water over the allocated amount for the month. These new increases will add an additional $18.27 to the bill of residential customers using 16.45 hundred cubic feet per month.

The decision is another example of the CPUC green-lighting AVR rate increases on the backs of Apple Valley residents,” said Barb Stanton, Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem. “The cost of water in our Town is significantly higher than in any of our neighboring communities, for no other reason than to meet the profit expectations of our private water company’s investors. The fact that the CPUC enables this year after year makes the situation all the more troubling.”

Although the rate increases are not as high as initially requested, the Town has fought this since it was announced in 2014. The Town is considering acquisition of AVR after years of excessive rate increases and surcharges. In the summer of 2015, the Town announced the $50.3 million offer made to make the acquisition. The amount determined by the Town’s valuation expert to represent the fair market value of the water system. The town of Apple Valley says that a recent public opinion poll shows that 70% of residents support the acquisition.


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