Santa Fe Irrigation District Approves Rate Increase

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The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a planned 3% rate adjustment at its November meeting, according to a news release. The increase will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

The planned rate adjustment was part of the board’s three-year rate structure approved in January 2020. Last November, the board voted to freeze any rate increases for 2021 and use reserves to absorb the 4.8% rate increases. San Diego County Water Authority, citing management and impacts of the pandemic on the territory and customers.

“As stewards of a valuable resource, affordability and fiscal sustainability are two of SFID’s core principles,” said Michael Hogan, Chairman of the Board in the press release. “This rate increase will allow the District to responsibly manage our costs while responding to inflationary market pressure as the pandemic abates. As we prepare for our next cost of service review in 2022, we remain committed to our customers and the sustainability of our finances and environment, as outlined in our recently approved strategic business plan.

To minimize customer impacts, the board also approved the use of the Local Water Fund to absorb the approximately 8.4% increase in the San Diego County Water Authority’s wholesale water rate and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

According to the SFID, the tariff adjustment will have a different impact on each customer, depending on the size of their meter and their water consumption. On average, customers with a ¾ inch meter will see an estimated $7 increase per semi-monthly bill.

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