Pswid: Treat The Part-Timers Like You Do Full-Timers

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Editor:

When the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District took control of the water system from Brooke Utilities, I figured that a basic rate increase would be needed to pay off the loan and improve the system. I was disappointed with the PSWID when they applied 2011 rates to the December 2010 water usage.

However, I never believed that the full-time resident board members would figure out a way to encourage water consumption and shift the costs to part-time residents while actually reducing water costs for many, if not most, of the full-time residents.

I was supportive of the PSWID until very recently. While part-time residents cannot be board members, they still get to vote for them. From what I’ve read, part-time residents outnumber the full-time residents, so perhaps they should be a bit concerned about how they treat the part-timers.

Bill Danielson

Comments

Bernice Winandy 3 years, 10 months ago

Part time residents can be members of the PSWID Board. You are the second person to make that mistake. In fact one of the past chairman of the board was a part time resident.

Another thing you should know about is that you do not have to be registered to vote in Pine in order to vote in the PSWID election. However, you do need to be registered to vote somewhere in Arizona in order to vote in the PSWiD Election.

Please be informed about PSWID doings. They are spending a great deal of money. I believe they have put the community in debt to the tune of about $5.5 million. Follow PSWID Board happenings by reading PSWID minutes at pswid.org. Also, send an e-mail to waterforpinestrawberry@hotmail.com and ask to be put on this group's mailing list. You can also go to this group's website waterforpinestrawberrry.com.

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None 3 years, 10 months ago

Bill makes a great point that while part timers rates are going up, for the most part, those that are full timers that use more than 3000 gallons have rates that are going down.

Bernice is correct that we need to stay informed and participate. Please vote in the elections, and make your voice heard. Attend meetings when possible and, if change is what you want, make it happen.

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