NID Rate Increase. Our local water utility, Nevada Irrigation District, has decided to boost its water rates over 33%, or over a third in the next five years. We are NID customers, and we protested the rate increase in writing before the hearing on the matter last Wednesday. Niether fish nor fowl, NID is somewhat of a mystery utility in these parts. Through its murky operations of power generation, recreation management, and control of all ground water in a tri-county area, it does deliver good quality water in a reliable manner. Of course it should, since we here in the Sierra ‘make’ our own water which is the envy of the rest of California.
Jo Ann and I protested the rate increase, not on some material grounds that they don’t need the increased revenues, but because they have not made the case for such a huge increase. They simply cited the usual increase in costs, and the need to pump up their rainy day reserve again. Their attempt at being open and above board was supposed to be fulfilled by disclosing their 2013-15 budget. (here)