El Dorado Irrigation District has 39,000 water customers, of which 400 are agricultural customers. These 400 customers use 16 percent of EID’s water but pay a mere 1.5 percent of EID’s overall rate revenues.
Meanwhile, 47 percent of EID’s rate revenues are for sewer services and 1.8 percent more are for recycled water services.
EID’s medium usage El Dorado Hills customer pays $1,815 annually for EID water and sewer services, inclusive of property tax subsidies. Compare this $1,815 to EID’s 400 agricultural customers who pay water rates averaging $1,600 each annually — $2,250 on average for the 200 customers paying large farm rates, but a mere $480 for the 200 customers paying small farm rates.
Another way to look at EID is that just over 50 percent of its ratepayers are in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, but these 19,500 suburban ratepayers pay 70 percent of EID’s rate revenues and the property tax subsidies to EID’s rates.
Next, note that since 2000 alone, EID has received more than $120 million in water and sewer hook-up fees …”initiation dues” from 7,000 new ratepayers to join EID’s currently valued $400 million infrastructure. Yet now EID management is charging these same new 7,000 customers who paid $120 million “initiation dues” full equal shares to fix up $100 million of Project 184 assets which were in utter disrepair when EID bought Project 184 in 1999.
In any event, given that half of EID’s customers are suburban, and 70 percent of the money comes from suburbia, why do we still call our water and sewer utility El Dorado Irrigation District? And why doesn’t EID’s board meet half the time in El Dorado Hills or Cameron Park where 70 percent of EID’s rate and property tax revenues are coming from?
It’s well past time for EID to change its name to El Dorado Utilities District to give equal inclusiveness to sewer services where half of EID’s revenues come from. And it’s time to alternate where the board meets to reflect where fully half its customers are … and who is “picking up the check” for all that lavish EID spending.
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