Please help spread the word about the incredible proposal to charge a new monthly fee to every user of CPAU water. Annual cost would be from $60 to $4,604.04 (!!!)depending on the size of one's meter. The proposal would set a dangerous precedent for taxing long-existing devices in our infrastructure. We might well be taxed next year on our gas meters, then on our electricity meters, perhaps later on the streetlight nearest our home, church, or business.
As President of the Homeowners' Association of Waverley Park Condominiums, I know this would add $232.44/year to our costs.
As Treasurer of All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Palo Alto,
I can report that our existing utility bill is the second biggest expense we have, approaching $35,000/year. The meter tax would add another $3,590.04 to that figure, over $3,100 of it for a dormant 6" meter through which no drop of water has ever flowed. The City required it be installed in 1995 when we built our then new parish hall.
I urge everyone to read the April 23 letter from the city detailing this proposal. Call them at 650-329-2161 to determine the cost to you. Then write to Council to protest because "If written protests are filed by a majority of the affected customers, the applicable proposed rate increases will not be imposed."