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2013-14 Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee

On July 8, the City Council ratified nine Ventura residents to serve on the 2013-14 Water Rate Advisory Committee.  The Council reconfirmed five members of the previous Committee and selected four new members who were appointed based on their qualifications and personal interviews.  The members are:

John Mundy
Martin Melvin
Diane de Mailly
Don Mills
Robert McCord
Douglas Hahn
Ed McCombs
Suzanne McCombs
Ted Cook

On May 13, the City Council approved the establishment of a limited-term, 9-member Rate Advisory Committee to review an update of the 2012 Cost of Service Study and offer recommendations to Council.  

City Council Administrative Report - Water and Wastewater Rate Study and Citizen Advisory Committee (pdf 11464KB)

 

Rate Advisory Committee Meetings

The Committee conducted public meetings in September, October, November and December and presented their recommendations to City Council on January 13, 2014 (Item No. 12). The Committee meeting dates were: 

Each meeting began at 6:00 pm and was held in the Assembly Room at the City's Sanjon Maintenance Yard located at 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA.  Interested members of the community were encouraged to participate through public testimony or comment cards. 

Updates were posted and publicized in Pipeline, Ventura Water's e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and local newspapers.  To stay informed about the rate process and other water resource issues, please signup to receive Pipeline, Ventura Water's monthly e-Newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

December 11, 2013 Rate Committee Meeting


December 11, 2013 Agenda

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Draft November 25, 2013 Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Revenue Requirements for FY15-18 Report

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Attachment A Rate Study (Raftelis Consultants Presentation)

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Attachment B Wastewater Capital Program Summary

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Attachment B Water Capital Program Summary

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Public Right of Way Fees Report

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment A Right of Way Fees Calculation

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment A Comparable Pavement Obligations

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment B Fair Use Value Report

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment C City Franchise Fee Revenue

December 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment D Vacant Land Comparables

 

November 25, 2013 Rate Committee Meeting


November 25, 2013 Agenda

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Draft October 23, 2013 Meeting Minutes

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Sub-Committee Memo re: Public Art

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Attachment A Public Art

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Public Right of Way Fees Report

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Attachment A Fair Use Value Report

November 25, 2013 Agenda Item 4 - Revenue Requirements for FY15-18 Report

November 25, 2103 Agenda Item 4 - Water and Wastewater Rate Study (Raftelis Consultants Presentation)

 

October 23, 2013 Rate Committee Meeting


October 23, 2013 Agenda

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Draft September 11, 2013 Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 2 - Brown Act Orientation

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 5 - Capital Improvement Plan (Final Presentation)

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 6 - Operating Budget Overview

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 6 - Budget Overview (Raftelis Consultants Presentation)

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 7 - Santa Clara River Estuary Update

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 7 - Santa Clara RIver Estuary Update (Final Presentation)

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 8 - Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund Contribution to the Public Art Fund

October 23, 2013 Agenda Item 9 - Status of Ventura Water Grants

 

October 9, 2013 Joint Meeting with Cultural Affairs and Public Art Commissions


October 9, 2013 Agenda

October 9, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Public Art and Associated Fee Workshop

October 9, 2013 Agenda item 2 - City of Ventura Public Art Program

October 9, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Public Art Regarding Water and Wastewater Eneterprise Fund Capital Projects
 

September 11, 2013 Rate Committee Meeting


September 11, 2013 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Overview of Proposition 218

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Tentative WRAC 102313 Meeting Items

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 1 - Tentative WRAC 111313 Meeting Items

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 3 - Proposed WRAC Rules and Procedures

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 4 - Summary Powerpoint Presentation (pdf 2134KB)

September 11, 2013 Agenda Item 5 - General Fund and Pavement Obligations

 

Committee Background Information

Brown Act Summary

Agencies and Organizations Covered by Brown Act

Overview of Proposition 218 "The Right to Vote on Taxes Initiative"

Ventura Water Rate Project Consultant Information

2013 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report

Ventura Water System Description

Vicinity Map - 2010 Urban Water Management Plan

Pacific Institute "An Overview of the New Normal and Water Rate Basics"

Ventura Water 2013 Comprehensive Water Resources Report

Ventura Water 2013 Estuary Special Studies Phase 2: Facilities Planning Study for Expanding Recycled Water Delivery (24668KB)

Infrastructure Investment: 10-Year Capital Plan Presentation to City Council - March 5, 2013

Ventura Water 2012 Cost of Service and Rate Design Study Report

Accessing Code of Ordinances Information

Ventura Municipal Code


2012 Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee History

Rates Move Forward With City Council Approval - May 21, 2012

Notices about proposed water and wastewater rates and a City Council Public Hearing, held on May 21, 2012, were mailed to Ventura Water customers and property owners in early April 2012.    At the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the City Council approved the new two-year rate structures and increases, which were effective 30 days after the Council adopted the final ordinance on June 4, 2012.   The two-year rates are based on the 2012 Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted in collaboration with the Advisory Committee and the public who participated in the series of meetings conducted in 2011-12 as detailed below.

For more rate information and to estimate your bill with the two-year rates, explore the Bill Calculator.
 


Rates City Council Public Hearing - May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012 Shana Epstein Powerpoint Presentation (pdf 406KB)
May 21, 2012 Public Hearing for Two-Year Water and Wastewater Rate Restructuring and Increases

Final Cost of Service Report and Rates Outreach Plan To City Council - March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 Shana Epstein Powerpoint Presentation (pdf 402KB)
March 19, 2012 Ventura Water Cost of Service Report and Rate Outreach Plan to City Council (pdf 62.11MB)

10-Year Capital Project Plan To City Council - March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012 Shana Epstein Powerpoint Presentation (pdf  587KB)
March 5, 2012 Ventura Water Capital Plan Administrative Report to City Council

Committee Presentation To City Council - February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 John Mundy, Shana Epstein Powerpoint Presentation (pdf 494KB)
February 27, 2012 Committee Recommendations Administrative Report to City Council
(pdf 50.83MB)

January 25, 2012 Committee Meeting Information

January 25, 2012 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

January 25, 2012 Agenda Item 3 - Public Art

January 25, 2012 Agenda Item 4 - Pass Through Ordinance Language

January 25, 2012 Agenda Item 5 - Recommendations Stemming From Cost of Service and Rate Design Study Revised

Item 5 Attachment A - 2010 Urban Water Management Plan Base Daily Per Capita Water Use

Item 5 Attachment B - Outside City Rate Differential Calculation 

Item 5 Attachment C - Water and Wastewater Funds Revenue History

Item 5 Attachment D - Water Rate History

Item 5 Attachment E - Wastewater Rate History

January 25, 2012 - Raftelis Financial Consultants Powerpoint Presentation (pdf 1330KB)

January 18, 2012 Committee Meeting Information

January 18, 2012 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

January 18, 2012 Agenda Item 3 - Public Art Information
(pdf 844KB)

January 18, 2012 Agenda Item 4 - Recommendations Stemming From Cost of Service and Rate Design Study
(pdf 4732KB)

Item 4 Attachment A - 2010 Urban Water Management Plan Base Daily Per Capita Water Use

Item 4 Attachment B - Raftelis Financial Consultants Draft January 18, 2102 Presentation
(pdf 944KB)

Item 4 Attachment C - Water and Wastewater Funds Revenue History

Item 4 Attachment D - Water Rate History

Item 4 Attachment E - Wastewater Rate History

January 18, 2012 - Raftelis Financial Consultants Rate Design Powerpoint Presentation Final (pdf 994KB)

December 14, 2011 Committee Meeting Information

December 14, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

December 14, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Materials (pdf  518KB)

December 14, 2011 Raftelis Financial Consultants - Updated Financial Plans and Conceptual Rate Structure Design Powerpoint (pdf  1282KB)

December 14, 2011 Approved Minutes

November 16, 2011 Committee Meeting Information

November 16, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Revised Agenda

November 16, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Item 2: Public Art (pdf 3562KB)

November 16, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Item 3: Pricing Objectives (pdf 451KB)

November 16, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Item 4: Financial Plans (pdf 123KB)

November 16, 2011 Raftelis Financial Consultants - Financial Plan Powerpoint (pdf 1052KB)

November 16, 2011 Approved Minutes

October 26, 2011 Committee Meeting Information

October 26, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda and Information Packet (pdf 4784KB)

October 26, 2011 Approved Minutes

October 12, 2011 Committee Meeting Information

October 12, 2011 Rate Advisory Committee Agenda

October 12, 2011 Raftelis Financial Consultants - Study Introduction Powerpoint (pdf 507KB)

October 12, 2011 Pricing Objectives Worksheet 

October 12, 2011 Approved Minutes

2011-12 Cost of Service and Rate Design Advisory Committee Background

Ventura Water announced the formation of an all-volunteer Cost of Service and Rate Design Study Advisory Committee in September 2011.  The purpose of the Committee is to provide community values to Ventura Water staff during a series of meetings from October through February 2012. Lead by Raftelis Financial Consultants, a leader in the utility rate industry, this opportunity will provide insight into how much it costs to protect the environment and to maintain Ventura’s water and wastewater systems and how water and wastewater rates are calculated and charged.

View the presentation to Council by General Manager, Shana Epstein (Item No. 12 or at 2hr:37 minutes) and/or the presentation slides as well as the Administrative Report for an in-depth look at the project goals.

Ventura Water’s last formal cost of service study was conducted in the early 1990s during the drought and established the current tiered rate structure. 

Important Phone Numbers

If you have additional questions or need more information regarding our water or wastewater systems, or to report leaks or other water related problems, please call the following numbers:

Customer Care                        (805) 667-6500
Emergency After Hours         (805) 650-8010