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An announcement of the hearing ….

An announcement of the hearing and new rates was sent to customers in December. It noted that the increases were recommended by a 2017 study done by NBS Government Finance Group, an independent, third-party consultant, “to evenly spread the applicable costs among water users according to the cost of providing service to those users.” Almost all VOMWD customers are residential; only four percent are in the commercial class.

The VOMWD was formed in 1962 and added most homes and businesses in Glen Ellen by 1963. Customers have enjoyed some of the lowest rates in Sonoma County. The district can’t continue to cover the costs of providing service and acquiring enough water to provide for drinking and emergency uses to its 23,750 customers, according to the NBS study.

The VOMWD has increased rates annually in accordance with NBS’ recommendations, with the last increase going into effect last August.

In case you missed the flyer, the meeting will be held online starting at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 2.

According to Fullner, “The easiest way to log into the meeting would be to view the agenda on our website once it’s posted, and click the Zoom link at the top.” That website is

Fullner said that a link to the 2017 study is located under: “Your Water > Water Supply Planning > Rates and Rate Study.” Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a PDF of the study itself.