In an effort to determine the best way to fund the significant investments in infrastructure needed to maintain reliable water services, the District launched a customer survey in late August. The survey asked whether infrastructure investments should be financed by property taxes or rate increases. Neither option received overwhelming support. However, survey respondents were more likely to support funding infrastructure investments after learning more about the rate increases and the efforts the District has already taken to manage growth, system reliability, and capacity responsibly.
With this information, the Board decided to empower voters to decide for themselves by placing a question on the November ballot. In this election, voters will determine whether to fund these investments through rate increases or property taxes. The November ballot includes a 5-mill property tax increase to raise $5 million annually, costing a homeowner $13.33 per month on a home valued at $450,000.