Hike in water, sewer rates isn't legal

So many of your readers are concerned about the planned increase in their water and sewer bills. Those charges are not taxes or assessments. Those charges are made under standby charges, a barely known law. They are collected by the county with your tax bill or billed from your water and sewer company. The law was enacted for one water company. The sewer standby charge was thrown in.

I do not feel that the county has the legal right to place the charge on your tax bill because it is not a tax or an assessment voted by the property owners. The charge is not part of the tax system but made for one water company.

Gov. Pat Brown would turn over in his grave. He campaigned for the canal to be paid by the water users only.

Pauline McCourtney

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