What would happen if we didn't raise the rates?

We would be forced to reduce our investment in necessary capital improvements in the distribution system and other areas. This would lead to more frequent infrastructure failures, water service interruptions, water loss, street damage, and property damage. The end result would be higher operating costs, thereby reducing the funds now slated for infrastructure investments.

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1. Why do water rates need to be raised?
2. What would happen if we didn't raise the rates?
3. Why is a fixed service charge included on my bill?
4. I liked that three units (3,000 gallons) of water were included in the bimonthly service charge we had before. Why do we have to change?
5. I am on a fixed income and am a low water user. Why is my bill going up by $11 per month while a large user's bill is only going up by $5 per month?
6. Why don't multi-family, commercial, and irrigation customers have tiered rates like single-family residential?
7. Why does the City bill for water every two months instead of monthly like most of my other bills?
8. Why is $6 million needed per year for Capital Improvements?
9. Why doesn't new development pay for capital improvements?
10. What are the major costs to operate the water system?
11. What has been done to lower operating costs?
12. Why don't you lay off employees or reduce salaries to cut costs?
13. Does a water customer in Napa pay more or less than similar customers in neighboring communities?