Council Needs To Create Water Rate Structure That Encourages Conservation



Like many others, I read with glee the advance of Blue Ridge water.

Currently, Payson's customers on average use 5,000 gallons at a rate of $27.60 per month. Consultant Dan Jackson proposes a "series of gradual annual adjustments" to $33.09 by October 2007 to $47.58 by 2011. By my math, that is a 72 percent increase over the next five years, or 15 percent each year. Last time I checked, Social Security was increasing by 2 to 4 percent per year.

To offset the rest of the cost increases, some have offered another option ... doubling impact fees to developers. This will surely add to affordable housing in Payson.

Nowhere in the discussion did we hear conservation versus consumption? Why is it that a user of 2,000 gallons of water per month pays 78 percent more per gallon than the 5,000-gallon consumer, 118 percent more than the 10,000-gallon consumer and 131 percent more than the 20,000-gallon consumer? Why is it that the 5,000-gallon consumer pays 22 percent more per gallon than the 10,000-gallon consumer, 30 percent more than the 20,000 consumer?

A point to remember is that completion of Blue Ridge is not slated for completion until 2016. Shudder to think what the proposed increase will be from 2011 to 2016?

Seniors will fall further behind if we continue the current rate structure. My hope is that the current Town Council will create a rate structure that rewards conservation and punishes consumption. Do the math.

John G. Wakelin, Payson

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