We are raising awareness and understanding of why Vallecitos Water District rates are high, and what can be done about it.
*** ACTION ALERT ***
At the August 7th Public Hearing to consider much-needed adjustments to developer fees, Vallecitos Water District elected officials postponed action until October 2nd 5 pm at the request of the BIA. This is one in a string of delays since the originally scheduled date for the adjustment in 2015. Delays have saved developers $11 million at the expense of ratepayers. There will also be a Public Workshop on August 29th at 5 pm. For agendas and more meeting information. Please plan on attending, but before you do – GET EDUCATED .
FVC Member List
Some Vallecitos customers fear political vindictiveness by the VWD Board majority if they associate with opposition. FVC will post a Member List only after at least 100 ratepayers Join FVC. There is strength in numbers – a voice to be heard. JOIN FVC now.
Attend VWD Board Meetings
Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors meets every first and third Wednesday of each month at 5 pm. Attend and provide public comment expressing your concern about the breaks given to developers at the expense of ratepayers. For agendas and more information.
BIA and Developer Payments to Martin and Sannella
Vallecitos Water District (VWD) Board Members Mike Sannella and Hal Martin receive campaign contributions from the Building Industry Association (BIA) and developers. Even though the two-member standing committees of VWD must, by policy, rotate members every year, Sannella and Martin have remained the only members of VWD’s Finance Committee since 2014. Since then VWD ratepayers have paid $42 million to amass reserves, fund the developer deficit, and pay for future developer obligations. Also, since then, not one action item has come before the Board regarding long-range financial planning. Learn more at https://friendshipvallecitoswater.org/get-educated/#developer-contributions
The Political Shift that Cost Water Customers Millions
In 2013, newly elected officials of the Vallecitos Water District broadened their scope to include growing the economy.
“The District’s interest has to do with providing basic services, sewer and water, at the best price. That’s all it is. It has nothing to do with helping out developers.” Jim Poltl, Former Member of the Board of Directors
In response, “I look at the bigger picture – economic stimulus. Smaller governmental agencies … make that happen.” Hal Martin, Member of the Board of Directors
Would the economy have grown without the breaks given to developers? Did we pay more for water to stimulate the economy? Or did we just bolster developer profit margins?