The Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Utilities are Enterprise Funds, which means they are non-General Fund supported services provided to the City's residents and businesses. Enterprise Funds are intended to be self-sustaining through rates that pay for the cost of providing the service.
As the cost of providing utilities increases, a correlating rate increase is necessary to continue to provide services. In 2009, the Port Hueneme City Council conducted two Proposition 218 elections (per Article XIII D of the California Constitution), in which ratepayers and property owners had the opportunity to submit a ballot protesting increases in rates for Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste. A majority of the ballots protesting the rate increases was not received; therefore, the City Council approved the new rates.
The current Water rates took effect August 1, 2012. The current Wastewater and Solid Waste rates took effect January 1, 2013.