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Sutter Creek Settles Prop 218 Garbage Suit

4/26 and 4/30 Meeting Summary

Help Needed with Rate Protest

About RPA
Ratepayer Protection Alliance (RPA) was formed to support the rights of the people of Amador County against unfair rate increases, which are usually used to subsidize special interests. Recently, RPA has assisted citizens who successfully protested several water rate increases. RPA is committed to ensuring that water, wastewater and garbage rates in Amador County are justified, and do not unfairly burden local residents.

RPA works hard to minimize costs of informing the public of unfair rate increases. RPA operates on the donated time of volunteers and no one is paid for their efforts. Donations for postage costs can be sent to:
Ratepayer Protection Alliance
P.O. Box 51
Pine Grove CA 95665
City of Sutter Creek Settles Prop 218 Garbage Suit

Krause, Kalfayan, Benink & Slavens, LLP announced in a press release that the City of Sutter Creek settled a lawsuit with residents Dorothy and Paul Pressnall. In the settlement, the City agreed to pay attorney fees and to follow Proposition 218 requirements on future garbage rate increases as the Pressnalls asked in their suit. More...

4/26/12 and 4/30/12 AWA Board Meeting Summary
  1. AWA Annual Audit Still not in Agreement with 66013 Fund Report (Again)
    After the public presented over $600,000 in discrepancies between the annual audit and other AWA financial reports on March 22, 2012, AWA did not explain the differences or bring the audit for approval to the April 12th meeting. Again, on the April 26th meeting there was no explanation of why the audit was not up for discussion. Details...
  2. GSL Update Full of Inaccuracies, Excuses, Insults and Accusations
    The board discussed an update on the status of the GSL project and General Manager Gene Mancebo asked for an additional $50,000 and 224 hours of staff time to continue preparations and studies for the GSL. After being asked to provide the information at the 4/12/2012 meeting, Mancebo still was not prepared to give the amount spent to date for the GSL project. The report had inaccurate information and used excuses, insults and accusations to take the blame for poor planning off of AWA. More...
  3. AWA Community Facilities Districts Put Ratepayers At Risk
    The AWA board discussed a complicated new program that will place ratepayers at risk for millions of dollars. Two "Community Facilities Districts" (CFDs) are planned. As so often is the case with big government programs, the names are misleading. Details...
The next regular AWA board meeting will be Thursday May 24th at 9am. If you would like to receive the AWA agendas or full informational packets before each meeting, email

Help Needed with Rate Protest

In the next month or two, we expect AWA to send water rate increase notices to ratepayers. RPA is currently gearing up to help ratepayers stop the unjustified increase. We’ll need volunteers to walk their neighborhoods collecting protest signatures. Donations for postage will reduce the need to walk door to door.

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