City Wins Lawsuit on Water and Sewer Rates

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Determination Holds that the Water & Sewer Rates Meet Constitutional Requirements

On March 29, 2013, the Yolo Ratepayers for Affordable Public Utility Services filed a complaint against the City challenging the city’s water and sewer rates.

Today, Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire issued a determination in this case holding that the City’s water & sewer rates meet the requirements of the California Constitution, commonly called Proposition 218, and are proportional and valid. This determination is only related to the rate portion of the lawsuit. Other portions of the lawsuit will be decided in Spring 2014.

The City firmly believed the water and sewer rates were legally valid and the lawsuit was without merit. The Surface Water Project and the water rates were determined and approved by the citizen-based Water Advisory Committee. In addition, the citizens of Davis asked for a binding vote on the Surface Water Project. On March 5, 2013, Measure I was approved authorizing the City to move forward on the project. On March 26, 2013, the water rates were approved by the City Council after the legally required Proposition 218 process resulted in less than 11% of the ratepayers protesting.

Mayor Joe Krovoza stated “Our City Council, acting on the dedicated work of our Water Advisory Committee, took great care to make sure our new rate structures would be in full compliance with the law. The court's decision affirms our careful work. This means our joint project with Woodland will proceed to bring Davis a clean, environmentally sound, and fiscally responsible long-term surface water supply.”

The water rates went into effect May 1, 2013.

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