After months of speculation and often emotionally charged hearings, the Goleta Water District voted unanimously to place the burden of water rate hikes on urban dwellers, rather than the initially proposed farming and agricultural operators. The vote effectively exchanged a planned 4 percent rate hike for farmers, businesses, and households alike with a 4.5 percent increase shouldered only by urbanites. Beginning on July 1, Goleta households can expect a water bill increase of approximately $2 per month, though homes using less than 2,992 gallons per month will be exempt.

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