Golden State had requested 44 percent,
but critics still believe increase excessive
By Daryl Kelley
The state office charged with protecting the public’s interest in utility cases has recommended a 24 percent increase in Ojai’s water rate over the next three years — a sharp reduction from the amount requested by a private water company, but a hike critics still describe as excessive.
Golden State Water Company, which provides water for nearly 2,900 customers in the city of Ojai and vicinity, has asked the state Public Utilities Commission for an increase of about 44 percent by 2010, although its rates are already much higher than other local water agencies.