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STOP EID's: Runaway Rate Hikes, Reckless Spending and Rising Debt!
Are you tired of EID's rate increase after rate increase, reckless spending and rapidly increasing debt? Then vote for change! Vote for Sue Taylor (Div 1: Camino, Pollock Pines & Diamond Springs) vs Osborne, Craig Schmidt (Div 3: Placerville, Lotus/Coloma, Rescue & Swansboro) vs Raffety/Veerkamp and reelect Alan Day (Div 5 - El Dorado Hills) in the November 2020 election. If the Good Ol' Boys get back into office you'll get more of the same... It's your money. Ratepayers First!
Recently, the Mt Democrat newspaper ran an article that I wrote entitled “EID: Uncaring and Insensitive.” Click here to read and comment. To understand why your rates are so high click here to read about "EID's rate raising Raffety" and EID's multitude of cost overruns (click here). EID's never-ending rate increase votes by Michael Raffety and George Osborne are going to break El Dorado County. Thanks to Raffety and Osborne... residential water commodity rates are going up 17% next year unless you vote them out of office this November 2020. Vote for Change!
This past year, lead by EID directors Michael Raffety and George Osborne, EID's Board of Directors voted to increase EID's debt by $81 million more to $361 million. That's approximately $9,000 in debt, per family, all on the backs of ratepayers. In addition, these same directors approved EID's in-house Cost of Services Analysis (COSA) clearing the way for EID to raise single-family residential water rates (commodity) 17% next year, 42% over 5 years and up to 88% for agriculture. Maybe EID's General Manager (Jim Abercrombie) can afford these increases, now at $340,000+ per year in salary plus benefits (click here), but what about the person living on Social Security, minimum wage or recently unemployed? It's time to vote out the incumbents (i.e. Rate Raising Raffety & Owe-more Osborne) in this year's November 2020 election!
The largest rate increase is planned for next year (2021). Single family residences will see water-based commodity charges (i.e. actual water use) jump 17% in 2021 from $0.015430 to $0.018061 per cubic foot. See the table below for EID's own Proposition 218 (rate increase) Notice. Do the same for any line in the table. Then, compare 2020 rates to 2025 rates. For single family residences (0 - 1,800 cf) water costs go from $0.015430 to $0.021953. That's a 42% increase from 2020 to 2025. Agriculture commodity charges could jump a whopping 54% next year. That's not good for El Dorado County!
EID's marketing hype states that these "modest" increases will only cost you a few dollars per year. When is a 17% increase in water rates considered "modest"? Plus, these rate increases are cumulative for 2021-2025. That really adds up. And, EID plans to increase Base Charges (i.e. the amount EID charges you for being connected to their system) up 21% from 2020 to 2025. See the table below from EID's Proposition 218 Notice: $63.53 to $77.10.
To downplay these increases, EID cleverly "blends" the 10 cent Base Charge decrease in 2021 (only) with the 17% Commodity Charge increase to arrive at an average rate increase of only 7.5% for some mythical customer. When is 7.5% considered "modest" let alone 17%? EID also tries to hide behind their claimed 0% sewer rate increase for 2021 (only). As we all know, EID's sewer rates have been outlandishly high for some time. Don't be fooled by EID's hype.
What can you do about this?
In November 2020 consider unelecting the EID directors that sponsored these onerous motions, Micheal Raffety and George Osborne. Vote for Sue Taylor (Division 1) vs Osborne, Craig Schmidt (Division 3) vs Raffety/Veerkamp and reelect Alan Day (Division 5) to take back control of our water supply.
BTW - Did you know that during Raffety's prior election campaign, he pledged to "Avoid adding to the debt" and to "Balance the budget without exceeding the inflation index." Click here (see Items #3 & #4). Inflation for the past 12 months was 1.3% NOT +7.5%, +17%, +42% or +90%. Click here. Plus, he added $81 million more to EID's debt, all on our backs. Clearly "Rate Raising Raffety" has forgotten what he pledged to all of us during his election campaign. It's time for a change!
Craig A. Schmidt
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For the past seven years I have been attending EID Board meetings as a ratepayer advocate. Without such advocacy by myself and others... rates would surely be higher, EID’s debt would surely be greater and EID's spending even more reckless. This year we have the chance to WIN three seats on EID’s five-member Board of Directors. Your vote will tip the scales in favor of Ratepayers. No more 3-2 votes in favor of the Good Ol' Boys. Make it 3-2 in favor of "ratepayers". PLEASE VOTE.
My wife, Dr. Sara Nadolski, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. She is licensed to practice veterinary medical in California, Oregon and Washington. Her caring a compassionate mobile veterinary practice has been serving El Dorado County for over 20 years. Our daughter, Anika Schmidt, is a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo majoring in microbiology. During the summer months she is a river raft guide for All Outdoors in Lotus/Coloma.
I am the CEO and Chairman of the Board for an international computer software corporation. We have customers in 125+ countries. As such, I am very familiar with balancing budgets, making tough decisions and listening to diverse views. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (i.e. logical thinking) from California State University, Chico, a master’s degree in business (i.e. financial thinking) from San Diego State University, and master’s credits in artificial intelligence (i.e. creative thinking) from Stanford University. Click here for my business background/resume.
I became interested in water rights and water policy over 30 years ago when I happened to sit next to Antonio Villaraigosa on a flight from Southern California to Sacramento. Mr. Villaraigosa eventually became the Speaker of the House for the California State Assembly. During that flight he mentioned to me that he was concerned that water rights could eventually split California into two states. Now billions of acre-feet of water transfers later, Southern California’s lawns are green and ours are dying. Locally, EID is piping our waterways, trees are browning and rates are skyrocketing. It’s time for a change!
If you are interested in having three “ratepayer advocates” on EID’s Board of Directors we (Sue Taylor, Alan Day and Craig Schmidt) would be honored to receive your vote by respective division (see above). It’s time to take back control of our water supply from the Good Ol’ Boys!
Craig A. Schmidt
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