MEDIA RELEASE

  Long Beach Utilities to host public hearing Aug. 29

MEDIA RELEASE

July 14, 2023

Contact:  Lauren G. Howland
Public Information Officer
Phone:     (562) 355-1201 
Email:     lauren.howland@lbutilities.org

Board to receive public testimony on proposed water rate increase

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (JULY 14, 2023) — The Long Beach Board of Utilities Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, to hear and receive all public testimony and protests of a proposed 9 percent increase to the city’s water rates.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Long Beach Utilities Department headquarters at 1800 E. Wardlow Road.

All account owners and members of the public are invited to attend the public hearing.

Public hearing: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Long Beach Utilities Department, 1800 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807

At the close of the public hearing, the Board may adopt the new rates if protests against the proposed increase are not presented by a majority of water account owners. The new rates would go into effect on Oct. 1, 2023.

Account holders can also submit a protest by mail to the address below, or by email to watercommission@lbwater.org.

Mail written protest to:

Long Beach Board of Utilities Commissioners

Attn: Executive Assistant to the Board

1800 E. Wardlow Road

Long Beach, CA 90807

All protests must be received by the close of the public hearing on Aug. 29, 2023.

The Board of Utilities Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2024 budget and the 9 percent water rate increase on June 26. The increase would amount to about $5 a month for the average Long Beach residential customer.

Sewer and natural gas rates will not increase in 2024.

There were no increases to water, sewer or gas rates in the 2023 fiscal year — the Board approved a water rate reduction of 2.5 percent.

For more information on the budget, visit lbwater.org/budget.

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