PLEASANT HILL

Education Finance Forum invites public

The public is invited to an Education Finance Forum on Thursday focused on the governor's school funding proposal.

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joe Ovick will host the May 23 event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill City Council Chambers at 100 Gregory Lane.

Area residents will hear an update on efforts to increase education funding and be asked to provide input on how Gov. Jerry Brown's funding formula would affect their districts. More information is available by visiting www.asmdc.org/members/a14.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

DUBLIN

Water district plans to increase rates July 1

Household water bills in Dublin and parts of San Ramon will increase $1.35 per month as a result of rate changes that go into effect July 1.

The Dublin San Ramon Services District board agreed unanimously Tuesday to indefinitely suspend collection of a $4.50-per-month temporary infrastructure surcharge that was imposed on bills four years ago during difficult financial times.

That decrease helps offset increases the district made last month in other elements of the water bill, following a study of its rate structure. Taken together, the changes add about $1.35 per month onto the average household's bill, from $53.18 to $54.53 a month.

Dublin San Ramon officials said the rate changes are aimed at collecting a larger share of district revenues from fixed charges, helping to bolster the district's credit rating. The district supplies tap water to 62,000 people in Dublin and the Dougherty Valley in San Ramon.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff