When the Brawley City Council and city staffers were talking about expanding the capacity of the city's wastewater treatment plant, city officials said they did not expect to have to raise rates much. It turns out they wrong.
Now the council is looking at raising rates from $13 to $16.25 as the average monthly sewer bill for households. City officials said they faced some unexpected costs and there is little else they can do. While the rates have not yet been increased, the council is planning to have public hearings on the increase in June and the first billing for the new rate, which is already figured into the next fiscal year's budget, is scheduled for Aug. 1.
It is unfortunate the city has fallen into this position, but we do not think it is the result of bad planning. The city seemed to do much planning and worked hard to obtain grant funding to prevent rate increases.