Report 2013-126 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report 2013-126: Antelope Valley Water Rates: Various Factors Contribute to Differences Among Water Utilities (Release Date: July 2014)

Recommendation #1 To: Quartz Hill Water District

To ensure that water customers are able to have an understanding of how rate increases are determined, Quartz Hill Water District should include information in its public notices providing reasonably sufficient details of the basis of its fee methodology.

Agency Response*

During the March, 2016 regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors the new rate structure and rate study were adopted. This rate study plainly and thoroughly shows the methodology of how the rates were determined and derived.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: March 2016
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

We have not performed a rate increase/rate study. However, during the September 2015 Board of Director meeting the Board of Directors authorized staff to execute a contract with Urban Future Inc. to perform a comprehensive rate study. It is anticipated at this time the rate study will conclude prior to January 1st 2015.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: 03/01/2016
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

We have not performed a rate increase.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: 11//01/2015
  • Response Date: July 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken

The district has not increased its rates since our report was released, therefore we cannot determine whether or not its public notice provides reasonably sufficient details of the basis of its fee methodology. Furthermore, Quartz Hill has not developed any written procedures to address the recommendation.


Agency Response*

We have not performed another rate study.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 11//01/2015
  • Response Date: January 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken

The district has not increased its rates since our report was released, therefore we cannot determine whether or not its public notice provides reasonably sufficient details of the basis of its fee methodology. Furthermore, Quartz Hill has not developed any written procedures to address the recommendation.


Agency Response*

QHWD will comply with this recommendation when another rate increase is proved to be necessary. QHWD will consult legal council during the drafting of the Prop 218 mailer to ensure "reasonably sufficient details of the basis of its fee methodology" is included.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: 11/01/2014
  • Response Date: September 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: No Action Taken

The district has not increased its rates since our report was released, therefore we cannot determine whether or not its public notice provides reasonably sufficient details of the basis of its fee methodology. Furthermore, Quartz Hill has not developed any written procedures to address the recommendation.


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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