It’s been 18 years since residents of the Parkwood special districts on Madera’s southern edge have felt the effects from what the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Tuesday.
Beginning Nov. 1, residents of both districts — some 605 homes in total — will see their water rates increase annually, in one case to as much as more than 300 percent its current level.
Board chairman Max Rodriguez said the hefty cost increases were due to the county playing “catch up” for the last 18 years, where increased service costs had not been covered by the residents of Parkwood using the water but rather subsidized by the city and county of Madera.
“This is going to hurt a lot of people, I know,” Rodriguez said. “That area has a lot of low-income people, retired people, and it’s going to hurt. We’re doing the best we can, we should have done better and done this in increments but we didn’t so now we have to catch up … we’ve failed in the past but we’re trying to straighten out our wrongs.” ...