The rate increase will affect 849 property owners and will go into effect at the next billing cycle, which is Feb. 28.

With only 78 protests recorded, the McCloud Community Services District last week passed rate increases by a 4 to 1 vote, with Board Director Michael Rorke the sole dissenter.

In order for a Proposition 218 protest to halt the proposed increases, which some in the community allege are excessive and unnecessary, more than 50 percent of the 1,101 residents were required to submit formal protests.

Those protests that were submitted were tallied up by Lake Shasta’s General Manager Robert Moser as an impartial party, per Prop. 218 regulations.

The rate increase will affect 849 property owners and will go into effect at the next billing cycle, which is Feb. 28.

The water rate will increase from $40 to $52.50 in 2020 then by $2 each year through 2024. Sewer fees will increase by $8 this year and $3 each year after, through 2024. Refuse, which is currently $23.20 will increase to $31 with a dollar increase each year for the following four years.

The last increases for McCloud’s water and sewer services were in 2013 and 2014.

Proposition 218 is an article of the California Constitution that can be used to protest water and sewer rate increases. It applies to governmental entities, including special districts like the MCSD, and sets requirements and procedures that entities must follow if they would like to raise rates, according to the Community Water Center.

Also during last week’s meeting, a long-overdue audit was finalized and approved by the board.