Comment Letter: SB 222 Water Rate Assistance Program

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Comment Letters

To: The Honorable Chris Holden, Chair, Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy

Subject: SB 222 (Dodd) – Water Rate Assistance Program

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

Letter excerpt:

The undersigned organizations have an oppose-unless-amended position on SB 222, a bill that would create a water rate assistance program. While there could be a bill written that would create a reasonable, efficient and effective statewide water low income rate assistance (water LIRA) program, SB 222 needs additional work to meet those standards. The objective should be a formulaic program that keeps administrative and implementation costs down so that more of the program funding can go toward assisting low-income households. We appreciate the amendments that Senator Dodd has made to date. Following are our concerns and suggestions for addressing them.

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