Rancho Water board approves smaller budget amid COVID-19

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TEMECULA – Rancho California Water District’s board of directors unanimously approved a revised 2020-2021 budget. The budget, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, reduces revenues by $1.2 million from what the district originally projected, before the COVID-19 pandemic. “The global pandemic is causing major economic impacts including here in the Temecula Valley where many people rely on tourism, agriculture and entertainment for their livelihood,” Jeff Armstrong, general manager of Rancho Water, said. In light of the crisis and its impact on Rancho Water customers, the district’s board decided in March to delay any potential rate increases to January 2021 and to suspend water shut-offs and late payment penalty fees. This action results in a $1.2 million deficit to the budget,
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