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The Blue Ridge pipeline has delivered a gush of water to the East Verde at Washington Park, but now Payson has imposed the first of a series of water rate increases to make sure the town has the money needed to issue bonds to build the pipeline even if the housing market doesn’t recover.

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Worst-case scenario water rates for Payson

Residents face possible increase of 24 percent in three years if town doesn’t collect water impact fees

Back when Blue Ridge water was just a dream, Payson town officials promised residents that developers and new residents would foot the bill — not current water users.

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