Millions Of Apartment Renters In California Could Be Forced To Pay For Water During State’s Historic Drought
Millions of apartment dwellers in California have been given a free ride when it comes to water, but now that water supplies are running low, those renters could have an added new expense.
A state appeals court has ruled a tiered water rate structure is unconstitutional. The impact of the ruling is far-reaching impact as state water districts try to come up with ways to charge customers during California’s drought.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a water bill on Wednesday addressing California’s ongoing drought but the measure is likely to go no further because of a White House veto threat and opposition from the state’s Democratic Senators.
The San Jose Water Company has asked state regulators for permission to raise rates 44 percent over the next three years.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California lawmakers are expected to begin the multistep process of removing an $11.1 billion water bond from the November ballot at the urging of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.