Prop 218 Protest Process
The Lodi City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to consider proposed future water, wastewater, and contracted solid waste rate increases. A majority protest would stop the proposed future rate increases. If you wish to protest the proposed increases, written protests may be made in person at the public hearing or delivered prior to the hearing to:
City of Lodi
Attention: City Clerk
221 West Pine Street
Post Office Box 3006
Lodi, California 95241-1910
Written protests must be received by the end of the public hearing, including those mailed to the City. No postmarks will be accepted; therefore, any protest not physically received by the close of the public hearing, whether or not mailed prior to the hearing, shall not be counted.
Explanation of Protest Process
Proposition 218 requires that the City provide a notice of the proposed future rate schedule to all property owners forty-five (45) days prior to holding a public hearing. If a majority of the property owners, or renters who pay the utility bill, file oppositions to the increase, the increase will not take effect. A protest must contain a description of the property owned sufficient to identify the property.
If the name on the written protest is not shown on the last equalized assessment roll of San Joaquin County as the owner of the property or on the utility account, the signer of the protest must also submit written evidence of ownership or rentership and financial responsibility for the utility account.
At the public hearing, Council shall hear all protests and tabulate written protests. One written protest per parcel, filed by the owner or tenant (paying the utility bill) of the parcel shall be counted in calculating a majority protest to a proposed new fee or charge subject to the requirements of Section 6 of Article XIII D of the California Constitution. If the votes conflict, the City will count the no vote.
Before you submit, ensure your protest includes:
- Statement that it is a protest
- Name of owner/customer
- Identification of APN, street address, or utility account number
- Original signature
- Legibly printed name
Protests may be hand-delivered, mailed, or submitted at the public hearing. Seal envelope, and mark it "Protest."
Because an original signature is required, NO emailed, faxed, or photocopied protests will be counted as valid.