These organizations support the Ojai FLOW/Casitas plan to buy the Golden State water operations in Ojai.
The City of Ojai, The Ojai Unified School District,
The Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Ojai Valley Defense Fund,
The Ojai Valley Board of Realtors, The Ojai Valley Green Coalition,
The Ojai Valley Democratic Club, The Surfrider Foundation
and thousands of Ojai residents.
Vote Yes on August 27th.
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What you are about to learn has the largest financial impact of any single event in Ojai’s history!
Our schools will have $65,000 more to spend on education and the citizens & businesses in Ojai will have nearly $1 million more annually to spend locally to support our community simply by changing our water purveyor from Golden State Water Company to Casitas Municipal Water District.
Fact…Golden State rate payers’ water bills will double in about 9 years if Golden State rate payers don’t buy them out soon. Golden State rates have increased over 7.9% per year on average over the past 20 years. Casitas has only increased an average of 4.4%.
Fact… If Golden State rate payers don’t buy Golden State, the rate payers will pay for all capital improvements made by Golden State PLUS pay Golden State 8%-10% interest per year on the money used to fix the water system, but in the end the rate payers will not own the system. Golden State rate payers can save the 8% -10% per year, buy the system, pay for the improvements at less than 5% interest and let Casitas operate the system for them.
Fact…Golden State charges close to three times as much for water as Casitas or any other water purveyor in the area.
Fact…The difference between today’s cost of Golden State’s water and Casitas will provide millions of dollars to fund the takeover of the water system and make improvements that have been ignored for decades.
Fact…Golden State rate payers’ water bills will drop about 60% the day the rate payers buy Golden State because they will receive water at Casitas rates. The rate payers will no longer be at the mercy of Cal PUC, an unelected bureaucracy in San Francisco that sets rates with no representation from the local community.
Fact… A Water Rescue Bond (paid for only by the Golden State rate payers) will pay for the election, legal expenses, capital improvements to bring the Ojai Golden State system up to Casitas standards, and to buy the system from Golden State. There is no cost to Casitas or its present rate payers.
Fact… Interest on the Water Rescue Bond may qualify as a State & Federal tax deduction, but our Golden State water bill will not.
Fact… In 30 years the Water Rescue Bond will be paid off, and the rate payers we will own the system. We will then only pay the low Casitas water rates.
Ojai FLOW encourages rate payers to check out the savings themselves by going to the Casitas Web Site and entering their Golden State water usage:
- Select Monthly Bill Calculator
- Enter Bi-monthly, Pumped, etc.
The difference between what you pay Golden State today and what you will pay Casitas is what will be used to buy Golden State. It’s that simple!
Please help us take back our water and contribute to Ojai FLOW today.