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Casitas Plans No Rate Hikes

By Daryl Kelley

After two years of sharp rate increases for farmers, directors of the Casitas Municipal Water District plan no hikes for agricultural or residential customers this year, a tentative budget for the Ojai Valley’s largest water agency shows. “We have no proposal for a rate hike,” said general manager Steve Wickstrum this week, as district directors prepared for their annual budget workshop this afternoon. “But we are watching a couple of bouncing balls that could get us down the road.” Angry farmers absorbed rate increases of about 19 percent and 53 percent the last two budget cycles, but Wickstrum said that changes to Casitas’

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