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 APPROVED 2016 RATE RESTRUCTURE AND INCREASE 

Much of the City's water infrastructure has reached or is reaching the end of its functional lifespan. Therefore the Water Department is planning a major infrastructure reinvestment program, with $128 million needed for projects over the next five years. 

After conducting a comprehensive Cost of Service Study, the Water Department has implemented a rate structure to reflect the community's conservation values, with increases that will provide for reinvestment into the water delivery system.

To read frequently asked questions about the restructure and rate increase, please click here.

To see a presentation on the Water Department Financial Plan, please click here.

To see the Water Department Financial Plan, please click here.

To see the presentation given to City Council June 14, 2016, on the Cost of Service Study, please click here.

If you are inside the City of Santa Cruz and would like to see the Proposition 218 Notice on the proposed changes to your rates, please click here.

If you are outside the City of Santa Cruz and would like to see the Proposition 218 Notice on the proposed changes to your rates, please click here.

If you would like to see an approximation of what your new bill will look like, please click here.

The graph below shows how the proposed new rates compare with other nearby water districts.Comparison of Water Rates

If you are opposed to (or support) the changes that are proposed, Proposition 218 allows for you to file a formal protest (or letter of support). Templates for both letters of protest and letters of support can be found below.