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A. In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines, district staff has determined that the increases in potable water service charges are exempt from CEQA pursuant to Sections 15378 and 15273 of the CEQA Guidelines and Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 21080(b)(8) because: (1) the increased charges are for the purpose of meeting operational and maintenance expenses of the aforementioned services; and (2) the charges constitute the creation of a funding mechanism/other governmental fiscal activity which does not involve any commitment to any specific project which may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment. The documents and materials that constitute the record of proceedings on which these findings have been based are located at the clerk of the board’s office located at 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA. The custodian for these records is the clerk of the board.

B. The board of directors finds that the revenues derived from the fixed charges established by the ordinance codified in this section (1) do not exceed the funds required to provide domestic water services; (2) shall not be used for any other purpose than that for which the charges are imposed; (3) do not exceed the proportional cost of the service attributable to each domestic water customer; (4) provide services which are immediately available to each domestic water customer; and (5) are not levied for general governmental purposes.

C. The board of directors of the district has evaluated and hereby adopts the reduced rates for the charges as set forth in Exhibit “A,” attached to the ordinance codified in this section and by this reference incorporated herein. The rates for the fixed charge rates shall be in effect for bills issued on and after November 1, 2016.

D. The board of directors hereby authorizes and directs the general manager of the district to collect the fixed charges at the rates, in the amounts, and on the effective date set forth in Exhibit “A” and to take all actions necessary to effectuate and implement the rates for such fixed charges as set forth and approved herein. (Ord. 1433 § 2, 2017; Ord. 1432 §§ 2 – 5, 2016)