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Board hikes sewer rates 9%

Sewer rates for homes and businesses served by the West Bay Sanitary District will be rising by 9 percent starting July 1.

In a unanimous vote on April 23, the district's five-member board approved the increase, most of which will go to pay off bonds and low-interest loans for a $527 million capital improvement program, District Manager Phil Scott told the Almanac.

The district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and areas of Woodside, East Palo Alto, and unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

For all but 60 homes in Portola Valley, the current $820 annual residential rate will rise to $893. The $1,042 rate in parts of Portola Valley would rise to $1,136.

Dave Boyce

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Posted by Not Surprised
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

Welll look at this,
Two active Menlo Park residents MORITZ and THELE-SARDINA raise our fees to 9%. Not many people follow this kind of stuff, but some of us do and we don't forget. People in glass houses should not throw stones. You guys need to get your own house in order and start putting a constructive and positive light on some of the accomplishments of other government bodies in our area. I'm surprised you guys did not use pension cost as an excuse to raise fees!!!!! Wait, I'm sure it's coming!

Board Members
Ronald W. Shepherd, C.P.A., President
David Walker, Secretary
Fran Dehn, Member
Edward P. Moritz, Member, Treasurer
Roy Thiele-Sardiña, Member


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

This is a well justified price increase that was properly noticed and placed at the top of the board's agenda to facilitate public comments.

It is totally inappropriate to attempt to vilify the directors for voting this action without any knowledge of the facts.

And it is NOT the West Bay Sanitary District role to " start putting a constructive and positive light on some of the accomplishments of other government bodies in our area."


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Posted by Not Surprised
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 2, 2014 at 6:39 am

Peter:
Don't forget about the firefighters . Will you give them a 9% raise...I bet not!


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Posted by Not surprised
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

Peter:
Are you just not answering? Will you consider giving the firefighters at least a 9% raise? Avoiding the question? I bet you are!!


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Posted by compensation
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

If I'm not mistaken, WBSD also recently voted to increase their own compensation.


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