Saturday, May 26 , 2018, 10:06 pm | Fair 60º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Amid Outcry from Businesses, Goleta Sanitary District Tables Decision on Rate Increases

Board of Directors will resume discussion of the proposed changes for commercial clients at a special meeting scheduled for Monday

After hearing the outcry from commercial business owners, the Goleta Sanitary District board decided Monday night to wait on a decision about rate increases and will pick up the issue again next week.

The board will hold a special meeting to tackle the issue at 7:30 p.m. Monday, when it is expected to make a decision.

Currently, eight Goleta office buildings face huge rate increases under the proposed changes.

The district is working to fix a discrepancy between what office buildings pay, officials say. Some office buildings were paying three cents a square foot, with others paying 74 cents per square foot, based on an outdated calculation, the officials said.

Rates are not based on usage such as water, gas or electric utility bills, but each customer is charged for a set amount of water, whether or not they use it all.

Office units would be given a 100 gallon-per-day entitlement, but an office unit would be defined at 500 square feet, and this formula would cause some owners to see their rates to increase exponentially.

Thursday’s meeting will be held at district offices at the Goleta Sanitary District Office, 1 Moffett Place in Goleta.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >