Meeting set today for Tahoe City utility rate hike proposal | SierraSun.com

Meeting set today for Tahoe City utility rate hike proposal

Joanna HartmanSierra Sun

The Tahoe City Public Utility District is proposing to raise water rates five percent and sewer rates three percent for the 2007 fiscal year.According to a quarterly newsletter report in October, the rate increase will ensure that the district can maintain its current level of service, and will result in the average residential customer paying about $5.32 and $1.47 more for water and sewer services per quarter.The district sent out its quarterly newsletter report in October addressing the 2007 budget process, including water and sewer rate hikes.According to the newsletter, factors affecting these costs include increasing fuel, power and material costs; changing regulatory and testing requirements; increasing medical premiums and other increasing operational expenses.The district will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. today at the utility district board room to hear comments regarding the proposed service rate increases, effective at the start of the new year.