BRAWLEY — Nearly a dozen residents of Tangerine Gardens Mobile Home Park here gathered at the City Council meeting Tuesday night to express concern over a recent increase in their water rates.
Tangerine Gardens residents are upset over a change in the way they are billed for water use. Previously, the residents were billed based on their actual use of water, but in April the city changed the park's billing to a fixed rate of $29.39 per space per month.
Park residents, who said they consistently conserved water to keep rates down, said the new billing system is unfair because the system will bill them for water use they likely would not be consuming.
City Finance Director Fred Selk told the council a "software glitch" excluded the park from citywide rate increases in 1997 and the new billing system includes the park in the rate increase.