Are There Hidden Benefits To Water Increase?



Once again, the town proposes to significantly control excessive water use (and improve the environment?) by increasing water rates for "heavy residential users," a thinly-veiled modification of another "soak the rich" tax proposal.

Such propaganda, like any well-crafted proposal, sounds fine because the object of the penalty is someone other than ourselves. What water-user thinks of himself as a "heavy water using residential conservation violator"?

Citizens may choose to look a bit deeper into the proposal. Such designs often carefully obscure other benefits. In this example, the town stands to gain additional income without having to propose a general tax increase with the water department as the likely direct beneficiary.

Since the proposal is not new, surely the town can easily furnish its citizens and council with the figures for the benefits (or failures) of past increases.

Or, what has been the time interval, previously, between raising the rates for "heavy users" and the following increase in regular rates? Governments know well that they gain far more disposable income from "nickel-and-dime" collection than from large items.

Carroll M. Elmore, Payson

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