New water rates catch some residents by surprise — some say bills double

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

Maryann Ryan is a retired resident of Frazier Park who was shocked when she received an $88 water bill for January. It was for less water than that for which she paid $43 in November.

In a report to the Kern County Grand Jury January 26, the FPPUD board of directors said they increased water rates after the state paid the Rural Community Assistance Corporation to complete a rate…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Cassandra Raudman takes customers’ calls at the FPPUD office. “Most people say they don’t like the rate change,” she says, “but understand FPPUD has not steadily raised rates in the past.” Now it is necessary so the nonprofit water company can keep serving the public, fix equipment and its pipes.

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