I, too, am tired of the ongoing fight between the city, Claremont Outrage and Golden State Water Company. However, I believe we must continue this fight. My wife and I live in what I feel is an average Claremont home—1500 square feet on a 10,000-square-foot lot. I, too, monitor my water, electric and gas usage. My average water bills in the summer are $270 and $90 in the winter.
In the last three years, I’ve seen my water bill go up nine percent in 2011, 12 percent in 2012 and I estimate it will go up 21 percent in 2013. My water bill for 2012 will be about $2,000, almost the same as my property taxes. We do something we can to conserve water, but there is a limit to what can be done. And even if we do conserve, we are hit with WRAM.
Yes, we will have to pay more for water if Claremont acquires the water system. But we are going to pay more regardless. Yes, there are people who use huge quantities of water and they will benefit the most. But so will we. Frustrated hopes to be in Claremont for the long run. And I hope she is. But if our water rates keep going up 9 to 10 percent every year, she, and we, will no longer be able to afford Claremont.
The city passed up several opportunitites to buy the water system in the past. It is not going to get cheaper in the future. The time is now. And I hope the city will go for revenue bonds, as opposed to a parcel tax. That way, everyone will share in the cost of acquiring the water system.