In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, Castro Valley Sanitary District’s (CVSan’s) Board of Directors unanimously voted to pass the COVID-19 Emergency Rates Relief Act (CERRA) at the July 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting. As adopted via Resolution No. 3473, this action will provide direct financial relief to CVSan customers by waiving the rate increases for the sewer service charge that was to take effect on July 1, 2020.
“As members of the community, CVSan Board Members and staff understand the challenges both personally and economically COVID-19 has brought into all our lives. Passing CERRA will provide $500,000 of direct economic relief to help our customers. The decision to waive the rate increase will result in approximately $20 in savings for the average residential customer. CVSan customers should know that this rate waiver will not impact the services we provide and that we will continue to provide the essential wastewater services that you rely on.” stated CVSan General Manager (GM) Roland Williams.
CVSan is the only sanitary district out of nineteen local sanitary districts to truly waive the planned rate increase this year. CVSan will accommodate the reduction in revenue of $500,000 for the 2020/21 fiscal year by making one-time budget cuts, and accessing cash reserves in the event cost-cutting measures do not cover the loss in revenue. GM Williams added, “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. Fortunately, due to our long-standing history of financial responsibility, we can help our community in its time of greatest need.”