Tuesday night marks the deadline for monterey county residents serviced by California-american water to object to proposed fee increases. Cal-am officials want to raise water rates by 8-percent. If a certain percentage of customers formally object, the plan will be cancelled, but otherwise, the increase will be implemented. 15-thousand letters from dissenting customers must be received to meet the mark…currently about 12-thousand letters have been received. It’s too late to mail a letter to the board of directors, but letters can be dropped off at the water district’s office. 7 p.m. is the deadline; the office is located at 5 harris court, building “g”, in monterey. if it’s after 7 p.m., you can bring a letter to the public meeting on the subject, which is set to be held at the hyatt regency hotel, located at 1 old golf course road in monterey. again, that public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.