Refunding customers $50 to $90 to help restore public trust is among the recommendations an 11-member ad hoc committee is suggesting to the Yorba Linda Water District.
The district’s board thanked committee members for their efforts and discussed the recommendations at its meeting Tuesday night, but no decisions were made.
“We are seriously considering all the recommendations, including the rebate, and we will be in a better position to make a decision once the budget is complete for the next year,” Board President J. Wayne Miller said, adding the five-member board has been in the process of restructuring the district’s debt and financing capital projects, including the new Fairmont Booster Pump Station.
The citizens advisory committee was formed to study the agency’s rate structure after voters in November overhauled the board.
The committee came up with 14 recommendations for the district, including to change to budget-based rates. The committee modeled its suggestion for having individualized water budgets for each home and business after how the Irvine Ranch Water District charges its customers.
“I think it’s a really challenging issue,” board member Andy Hall said about the idea of water budgets for customers. “I don’t want the district to be in the business of policing how many people are living in your home.”
Other recommendations include more transparency, conducting a staffing review and looking at rate-assistance programs for lower-income and fixed-income customers.
Board members did not discuss a timeline on the implementation of any of the recommendations.
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