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Nevada Irrigation District looks at rollback of planned 2010 rate increase

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Rolling back part of next year’s 5.4 percent rate increase to help customers during the economic downturn is on the table as Nevada Irrigation District’s board considers future budgeting. Directors were given the rollback as an option at Wednesday’s board meeting in Grass Valley. The district includes customers in the North Auburn area and rural Placer County between Auburn and Lincoln. Last February, the board approved a five-year plan that includes average 5.4 percent annual rate increases. One option calls for a 50 percent rollback in the increase, which would amount to a 75-cent-a-month saving for a typical treated water user. Proposed water rates will be reviewed at the board’s administrative practices committee meeting on Tuesday. The committee is expected to make a recommendation to the full board on Nov. 18.