Report 2013-126 Recommendation 3 Responses
Report 2013-126: Antelope Valley Water Rates: Various Factors Contribute to Differences Among Water Utilities (Release Date: July 2014)
Recommendation #3 To: Los Angeles County Waterworks, District 40
To ensure that Los Angeles County Waterworks, District 40 can demonstrate that it complies with the public notification requirements of Proposition 218, it should retain documentation demonstrating that it mailed required Proposition 218 notifications of pass-through rate increases to water customers during the period that the increased rates are in effect.
6-Month Agency Response
LA District 40 implemented a pass-through water rate increase for calendar year 2015. All documentation of compliance with Section 53756(d) of the California Government Code is retained to evidence proof of mailing.
- Completion Date: November 2014
- Response Date: January 2015
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented
Los Angeles County Waterworks, District 40 (LA District 40) provided us with documentation demonstrating that it mailed the required Proposition 218 notifications. We would expect LA District 40 to retain similar documentation for future rate increases as well.
60-Day Agency Response
Since the issuance of the report, LA District 40 has not implemented any rate increases, and therefore, no related documents need to be retained. Further, Proposition 218 does not stipulate a record retention requirement establishing proof of mailing. However, LA District 40 will retain records indicating compliance with Section 53756 (d) of the California Government Code.
- Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
- Response Date: September 2014
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken
Los Angeles County Waterworks, District 40 has not developed any written procedures to address the recommendation.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.