Over 400 Oxnard residents filled City Council chambers and four overflow rooms on Tuesday, Jan. 20, to discuss proposed utility (city water, wasterwater and solid waste) increases. By 2020, monthly utility costs could increase from $104.40 to $166.80; the increased revenue will go to major infrastructure spending and meeting new regulatory requirements. The city had previously sent out 44,000 mailers bifold mailers to residents about the proposed increases; citizen-led watchdog group, Move Oxnard Forward, later mailed out 18,000 ballots to residents to vote against the rate increases. The City Council, however, voted in favor, 4-1, with Councilman Bryan MacDonald opposing, of the proposed increases. The City Council will vote again on the issue next Tuesday, Jan. 26.