How do I know that the proposed rates are equitable?

A new Cost of Service and Rate Design Study was conducted to ensure that the proposed rates are equitable and comply with California Proposition 218 requirements. The Cost of Service Study assessed whether customers by category are paying their equitable portion of the costs for the services they are consuming.

To invest in the right solutions at the right time, Ventura Water conducts ongoing planning and studies that evaluate everything from water demand and supply changes to climate change impacts and new regulatory mandates. Plans often look as much as 30 years into the future. The planning supports Ventura Water’s data-driven process to evaluate and update water and wastewater rate structures every five years.

The data-driven process to evaluate and update rates involves considerations from financial experts, key stakeholders, community members and policy makers.

Ventura Water is committed to transparency and communications throughout the process. The City is required to provide notice to ratepayers informing them of proposed rate changes pursuant to a provision in the California Constitution commonly referred to as Proposition 218.The notice must be mailed at least 45 days before the hearing when the rate change will be considered by City Council for approval. This notice was mailed to Ventura Water customers in April 2021.

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1. Why do water and wastewater rates need to change?
2. Why would rates change if we currently have enough water?
3. Would rates change if we did not need additional water supplies?
4. Has conservation helped to address water supply needs?
5. How does new development affect rates?
6. How will the revenue from our rates be used to improve our water and wastewater systems?
7. When was the last rate change?
8. How do Ventura's rates compare to other cities and water districts?
9. What influence does the VenturaWaterPure Project have on potential changes to the water rate structure and proposed rates?
10. Why can't water conservation be used in lieu of VenturWater Pure?
11. Which parts of our current rates were evaluated?
12. What is the process for determining rate changes?
13. What is the schedule for rate changes?
14. How often are rates evaluated and updated?
15. Who approves rate changes?
16. How do I know that the proposed rates are equitable?
17. How will the proposed rates impact my household bill?
18. What other changes can I expect?