The presentation analyzed the District’s services and presented the increases to inform McCloud residents the reason behind the proposal. Only seven people outside of staff and board members attended the meeting.

Rural Development Specialist John Van den Bergh with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, along with Rodney Page from Redding and Sarah Bixler of Sacramento, gave a presentation at the McCloud Community Services District board meeting last Wednesday to again explain a rate study and proposed rate increases.

The presentation analyzed the District’s services and presented the increases to inform McCloud residents the reason behind the proposal. Only seven people outside of staff and board members attended the meeting.

The services of RCAC are paid through a California State Water Resource grant.

Van den Bergh explained that the rate increases are needed to make the MCSD sustainable and fair to the whole community. This is based on the equivalent dwelling units. Reserves are needed for department operations, emergencies and capital, plus for 45 days of expenses.

McCloud currently has a $106,000 deficit for their water, $2,200 on refuse services, and $4,200 for street lights. There is enough capital set aside for the sewer and snow removal departments.

MCSD Board President Cathy Young said, “We’ve been using our reserves for years so not to raise our rates.”

Rate studies should be done every five years. The MCSD is expected to have the first of their audits completed by the end of December. The audits need to be completed and the rate study implemented to acquire grant funding or loans.

RCAC will submit a revised rate study in two weeks with corrections as required by the board.

The next step in the process is to select the rates, the effective date and to send out notices with explanations and a time frame to protest, which must be in writing, along with which service rates are being protested.

Only one protest will be accepted per parcel. Name, address and signature is also required on each protest application.

For more information, contact the McCloud Services District at (530) 964-2017

Other topics addressed at the meeting included reelecting Young as board president, and Mick Hanson as vice. Committee assignments were tabled.

McCloud Fire Department reported 21 activities for the month of October. The department responded to 13 calls, ambulance responded four times, transporting four patients. There were two traffic collisions, two public assists, and 13 medical calls.

For the month of November there were 13 calls for emergency services, 14 for medical aid, one traffic collision, public assist, 10 medical calls and one false alarm fire call.