Several news media incorrectly reported that Helix Water District raised rates by 70 percent.

At the district’s October 7, 2015 public hearing, the board of directors voted to approve a five-year rate schedule that includes a 9 percent rate increase for water used beginning November 1.  For the average domestic customer who uses 26 units of water per billing period, that is about $6 a month.

The 5-year plan establishes maximum levels for rate increases in years two, three, four and five, but actual rates for those years will be calculated at the beginning of each fiscal year. The public will be informed at that time and invited to participate in the rate-setting process.