NID hikes rates 5 percent |

NID hikes rates 5 percent

Nevada Irrigation District customers will pay more for water next year.

The vote was 4-1 Wednesday by the NID board, with Director Nancy Weber voting against the majority.

The decision means that residents overall will pay 5.05 percent more for treated water effective Jan. 1.

Customers will pay 3 percent more for the first 200 cubic feet of water.

In a written statement, NID Finance Manager Tess Andrews said a customer who uses 2,000 of cubic feet of water will pay $1.77 more every two months.

High-use customers could pay 6 to 9 percent more overall next year.

Director Scott Miller, who was named president of the board Wednesday, said NID is raising its rates in a step-wise fashion.

Weber voted against the hikes because NID’s rates are not based on the true costs of delivering the water, she said after the meeting.

The board also postponed voting on hiking water hookup and annexation fees until January.

James Curtis, a Grass Valley attorney, Nov. 25 sent the board of directors a letter that questioned how these charges were being calculated. NID needs to justify to document and justify the fees, Curtis said in his letter.

The new hookup fees are supposed to take into account the cost of expanding and improving the water system.

The district now charges $3,100 per acre when landowners apply to be annexed into the district.

The vote took place shortly after the new NID board was seated, with Miller as president. Miller represents Division III that includes Lake of the Pines and Alta Sierra. George Leipzig of Lake Wildwood was named vice president of the board.

In another matter, the board decided to further review a lease with Chevreaux Aggregates Inc. on NID property along the Bear River near Rollins Lake to do some further study.

Neighbors said NID needed to update its 1988 environmental study before approving the lease. They particularly stressed the need for a noise study.

Chevreaux’ hours of operation should also be established, they said. The previous lessee, R. J. Miles Co., ended gravel mining operations in the area in 2000.

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