Mayor Swearengin Announces Two Open Houses To Present Accurate Information on Water Rate Program
12/10/2013
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced two open house events to provide City residents with accurate information on the water rate program. She will be joined by key staff in the City’s water program at the events.

The events will be held:
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Foyer of New Exhibit Hall, 848 M Street, 5-7 p.m. Parking will be free in downtown for this open house.
  • Friday, Dec. 13 – Silver Dollar Hofbrau, 333 E. Shaw Ave., noon-1:30 p.m.
Mayor Swearengin said the events will provide an opportunity to address misleading and erroneous information that has been circulated by opponents of the water rate program.

“We should not mess around with the adequacy of our water system,” Mayor Swearengin said at a news conference today. “We cannot ignore this problem and continue down the same path without very serious consequences in the present, as well as the future.

“And, yet, that is exactly what opponents of the City’s water plan would have us all do. They ignore the facts of the City’s precarious groundwater situation. They ignore the facts of the City’s plan to address both the short- and long-term water challenges. Instead, they have pulled out of thin air misguided, misinformed and emotional claims that are completely unsubstantiated and that threaten the safety of our residents.”

Mayor Swearengin said that even with the rate increases that are proposed, the City of Fresno’s water rates will be far lower than the other large cities in California and about average in the San Joaquin Valley. On average, the increase will be about $24 per month when rates are fully realized.

Mayor Swearengin said the City has released a written rebuttal to the “false and misleading claims.” The rebuttal, as well as an updated Frequently Asked Questions document for residents to read and review, is available on the City of Fresno’s website at www.fresno.gov/waterrates.

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