Why was this notice needed? Why couldn’t it just be a brief mention in my normal water bill with a link to an online resource?

This notice was necessary to fulfill legal requirements for providing public notice. Public notices of this nature are typically required to be sent separately and not included as part of regular bills or other mailings. By sending a separate mailing, the City ensures that all customers receive the notice as mandated by the law.

Moreover, providing a brief mention in the normal water bill with a link to an online resource would not meet the legal requirements for providing public notice in this context. Not all customers have easy access to the internet or the means to efficiently review online resources. By providing a hard copy in the mail, the City ensures that all customers, regardless of their internet access, can access and review the information in a clear and readable format.

Sending a separate notice also ensures that the proposed adjustments and rate structure changes receive the necessary attention and scrutiny from customers. It allows them to review the complete document and have a comprehensive understanding of the proposed changes. By providing a dedicated notice, the City demonstrates its commitment to transparent communication and public engagement, ensuring that all customers have the opportunity to be informed and provide feedback.

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1. Why was this notice needed? Why couldn’t it just be a brief mention in my normal water bill with a link to an online resource?
2. Why did I get the notice in English and Spanish?
3. Why was the notice sent on cardstock?
4. Why was the notice sent in color?
5. Why was the protest form not included with the original mailing?