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October 22, 2018
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Gas taxes and street maintenance
October 5, 2018

A long-time resident of Rohnert Park commented to me recently, “The city is sure paving a lot of streets.  And the county too.  Where are you getting the money from?”  The answer in part is from an adjustment to the gasoline taxes enacted by California last year.  After over twenty years of no increase in the gas tax the state legislature voted with a two thirds majority to increase funding for our state’s transportation system.  Some of the dedicated transportation money flows directly to cities and counties.  We’ve been putting that money to work in Rohnert Park on projects like reconstructing Martin Avenue between Ashley Furniture and Costco.

There is a proposition on the November ballot that would eliminate that transportation funding.  If Proposition 6 passes, it will eliminate $700,000 per year of funds Rohnert Park uses for paving our streets. 

Preparing for the next emergency

Two simple steps to better prepare for a disaster are exchanging contact information with your neighbors and signing up for Nextdoor, a private social network that connects neighbors. It’s an easy, free and trusted platform that many of your neighbors are already on. Identifying and exchanging contact information with vulnerable neighbors that might need extra help in the event of an emergency can save a life. Visitwww.Nextdoor.com/agency/city-of-rohnert-park to register today. 

Bark After Dark

Bark After Dark, the Animal Shelter League’s annual fundraiser, is returning Saturday, Nov. 3.  Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the devastating fires and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better. Join us for a fun evening complete with adorable adoptable animals, a delicious pasta dinner and an auction (both silent and live) with over 200 items to raise funds for the animals in our community and animal shelter.  Items include unique handmade crafts and artwork, winery tours, restaurants and entertainment, pet supplies and services and more. Celebrity MC is Pat Kerrigan, radio talk host and animal lover extraordinaire.  Get a head start on your holiday gift-shopping and help animals at the same time!  For details and ticket information go to:  www.animalshelterleaguerp.org

Understanding your sewer charge   

We often get questions about the sewer rates and bills. We have established a rate system with several goals – ensuring that those who use the system the most pay the most, that overall residents pay as little as possible and that we have enough revenue to pay for the costs of the system. 

One way we do this is to determine the amount of water used during the wetter months of the year, from mid-November to mid-February.  Since it is usually not necessary to irrigate outdoors during these months, we assume that all water use is indoors; this water is ultimately released into the sewer system as wastewater. 

We use the bills from this period to calculate what is commonly referred to as the winter average/sewer cap (cap). Once calculated, this cap is the maximum that we will charge for the consumption portion of the sewer bill for the following year. If water consumption during the rest of the year turns out to be lower than the cap, we charge that lower amount. 

Fixing leaks and turning off irrigation systems from mid-Nov. to mid-Feb. will ensure an accurate representation of your sewer winter average and help lower your bill. For additional information please visit our website at www.rpcity.org/services/utility_billing/sewer.

Addams Family Musical

Creepy? Kooky? But of course! In this Tony award winning musical, we find Gomez and Morticia are still dealing with their gruesomely creative family. The twist? Now grown, Wednesday has fallen in love with a normal boy. How will this oddly-matched love affair pan out? Start practicing your snapping! The Addams Family Musical will be opening the curtains Oct. 12 – 18, at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center.