The Goleta Water District decided at a 7/9 meeting to dramatically increase meter rates for many customers, especially those with larger meters. (Customers using less than 800 cubic meters of water per month, however, will pay the same or less.) About 60 residents of the Encina Royale retirement community showed up to advocate payment based on how much customers use per month, but staff and the board insisted that the district’s fixed costs made charges based on meter size preferable because the district’s income would be less variable.


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