The Town of Apple Valley likes to claim that the main reason for taking over a private company in the form of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, is that they will “stabilize” rates.
Some Town Government supporters claim that the Town won’t “raise rates” as fast, but based on past history, the Town can’t claim that either.
By 2018, the Town of Apple Valley will have raised rates 178% in just 10 years.
Click here to view a breakdown of sewer rates since 2008, and where they will be in 2018.
Some Town Council members like to exclaim that it’s just a matter of dollars of increase a year, but that same flippant approach to spending will continue with a Council that does what their staff says to do, and not the other way around.
The Town Government also likes to point to Prop 218, but even with hundreds of people registering their opposition to sewer rate increases–the Town hasn’t heeded this concern, and there has never been a public vote on sewer rate increases.
See below for video of the Town Council raising rates in 2014, in a matter of less than a minute. Look at how easily and without any discussion they increase rates!