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Magalia residents impacted by extra surcharge on water bill

Many people in Magalia are not happy about an extra surcharge they are expected to pay on their water bill.

Posted: Jun 28, 2019 4:24 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2019 4:26 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. - Many people in Magalia are not happy about an extra surcharge they are expected to pay on their water bill.

The $10.54 surcharge is to make up for lost money from customers who lost their homes in the Camp Fire, according to staff with Del Oro Water. 

The surcharge is planned for the next 12 months and is charged per customer per monthly billing cycle. After 12 months, it will be reviewed again. 

The money is going to go in a separate balancing account. 

Del Oro staff say if they receive money from litigation or insurance for business interruption those monies would be credited against the lost revenue, so the customers might get money back. 

People from Magalia aren't happy about the charge and say they have seen other charges come up. 

"There is another surcharge in there, $4.50 what's going on?" said Jim Deehan, a resident in Magalia. "I have called and our water rate here in Magalia is higher than any other water district up and down the Sierra."

Del Oro staff say that $4.50 surcharge is for the repayment of a loan for the regional intertie project. The charge started in 2014 and is a 20-year loan. 

Deehan said most people from Magalia are on fixed incomes and this will impact them over time. He also said he doesn't think this surcharge will go away after a year. 

Del Oro staff say this is the only additional surcharge as of recently. 

Read the whole resolution from Del Oro Water below. 

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