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.