The Scotts Valley Water District is again proposing rate increases on the basis of inflation. They utilize a computer program to project inflation to their costs. Since it is not likely a majority of rate payers will submit written protests, they are legally able to repeatedly secure rate increases by erroneously projecting inflation into costs. The district is legally able to refuse to release a report that reflects mismanagement on the basis that it regards personnel matters. The legal basis for these actions does not justify the unfair and unreasonable treatment of the rate payers, especially since the district rates are exceptionally high and out of proportion with other local agencies. I am hopeful the Scotts Valley Banner will publish this letter and further investigate the matter. Thank you for your attention to this request.
John J Crivello Sr., Scotts Valley