$100,000+ Salaries For Meter Readers, Customer Service Reps At Water Agency That Keeps Raising Rates
A small East Bay water district is paying more than 200 of their employees, including meter readers and customer service representatives, wages and benefits worth well over $100,000, while raising customers’ rates 16 years in a row.
Bay Area residents are facing steep water rate hikes as California’s drought stretches into a fourth year. In one small East Bay water district, a resident said it’s the lavish spending habits of an old boy’s network that is making their bill go up.
East Bay Municipal Utility District General Manager Alexander Coate Tuesday proposed a 19 percent water rate increase for customers over the next two years to pay for infrastructure and maintenance work.
The San Jose Water Company has asked state regulators for permission to raise rates 44 percent over the next three years.
Many Anthem Blue Cross customers could see their rates jump an average of 18 percent in February, under a proposal by the state’s largest for-profit health insurer. Other insurers are also proposing rate hikes.
Pacific Gas & Electric wants to raise customers’ bills by as much as $12 per month to upgrade its gas and electricity systems.
The utility said the added fees are modest and will be used to invest in new power plants and equipment.
Even with a fee hike, Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater…
Angry Netflix customers have inundated social media sites with threats to cancel their subscriptions since the Los Gatos company announced it would raise its prices.
Electricity bills for some Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will climb slightly in the new year while others will see their rates decline.