Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has taken a position in opposition to the application by Aqua Virginia to increase its water and sewer rates. In November 2011, Aqua Virginia filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a statewide increase averaging 9.9%. The increase for Lake Monticello residents would be more than 13% for water and more than 11% for sewer. The application comes just months after Aqua Virginia attempted to impose ownership of grinder pumps onto homeowners. Aqua Virginia‘s last rate increase was approved in October 2010.

The rate increase hearing will be held on June 19 in Richmond. The LMOA will be represented by legal counsel Frank Buck. Earlier this year, the LMOA Board of Directors appointed an ad hoc committee to study the rate case in preparation for the hearing. The committee developed a plan for members to collectively and individually express their opposition to the rate increase through a letter-writing campaign and petition drive.

LMOA has posted on its website at www.LMOAVoice.org sample letters and contact information for the SCC and local representatives to the VA House of Delegates and Senate. The letters are basic and leave space for members to insert their personal comments. Also on the website is a list of talking points for those who wish additional information to include in their letters. Important: All letters to the SCC must clearly include the Case # PUE - 2011-00099. Letters must be received by the SCC by June 12.

Members may obtain this information from the website by going to Stay Connected, News & Announcements and clicking on the drop-down named Opposition to AquaVA Rate Increase. The documents also may be found by clicking on the link from the article under News & Announcements. Printed copies are available on request from the Administration Office. To mail letters, see the list of contacts included with the sample letters. Members may email letters to the SCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Petitions are located at the Administration Office and the Golf Pro Shop. The last day to sign these petitions is June 6. The website also includes the petition form for anyone wanting to print it and seek signatures from others. Petitions must be returned by June 6 to the LMOA Office at 41 Ashlawn Boulevard, Lake Monticello, VA 22963. Important: LMOA Policy prohibits door-to-door solicitation, so signatures for this petition must be solicited by other means.

For more information, call Ad Hoc Committee Chair Ida Swenson at 434-589-2777. Members of the ad hoc committee include Rick Ashauer, Roman Bakke, Bob Eckman, Dan McCoy, Patrick O’Rourke and Ida Swenson, chair.