Support In Protest Of Water Rates Vital

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Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who worked to make our water rate-payers meeting in Gisela this past week so successful.

Thanks to your hard work, we had more than 200 people turn out from the communities of Deer Creek and Gisela to hear a summary of where we stand and to present our case to Penny Pew representing Congressman Gosar’s office.

Thank you Penny and Congressman Gosar for giving us your time and consideration.

Thank you to all who attended.

It is time that we let Payson Water Company and the Arizona Corporation Commission know that we are not going to stand down and pay 100 percent to 200 percent per month increase in our water bills.

It is disappointing that none of our news media deemed this an important enough issue to cover.

The interveners who had been allowed to present in the case were on hand to explain their summaries and our options.

Special thanks to Kathie Reidhead who so eloquently detailed the 21 key points why this entire process should be dismissed including what we believe to be five procedural violations, six discrepancies in statements under oath and several outright misrepresentations by PWC’s witnesses.

It was also good news to hear at the meeting that the Arizona Corporation Commission will finally be holding a public forum on this matter at 6 p.m., Friday, at the Church of the Nazarene in Payson. I highly encourage every resident from all eight communities impacted by this case to attend.

Individuals from the public will each be given three (3) minutes to address the Commission. I encourage anyone who is concerned about our water rate increases to take the opportunity to speak. The people’s voice is best heard in numbers and we need to stand together to show ACC that we do not intend to stand down and have these astronomical rate increases placed upon us but this tiered structure and water rates of over 100 percent increase is, I believe, extreme.

If you agree, please join as on April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene in Payson.

Ted Tatum

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