SUISUN CITY — Suisun City residents won’t see their water rates rise during 2014 after a bare majority of the Suisun-Solano Water Authority voted Monday to defer previously proposed water rate increases.
“Rates will not increase this year,” Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez said during Tuesday’s Suisun City Council meeting.
The vote was put off until after the November election to see whether some water bond measures on the ballot pass and how that passage or defeat will affect the local authority’s finances.
The authority, made up of the five-member City Council and the five-member Solano Irrigation District governing board, each voted 3-2 to defer deciding on the matter until later this year.
On March 17, the authority failed to get the votes necessary to pass a rate structure that would see water rates rise by 4 percent later this year, 5 percent in the 2015-16 fiscal year and another 4 percent each year for the next three years. Authority staff was also asked to address concerns that the agency board had raised about the water rates.
Those included concerns about the rate proposal not providing necessary tools to attract new businesses to town, better marketing the benefits of being an authority customer, developing water rates that are better based on Suisun City customer needs, and creating opportunities for authority customers to learn more about the agency and its functions.
The authority board failed Monday to come up with enough votes to pass the water rate proposals and make changes in the authority’s tiering structure based on how much water customers use.
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