Saturday May 25, 2013
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It is annoying that those who break the law will be rewarded. Can anyone explain the double standards? Why don't they have to undergo the necessary financial, criminal, family, physical check ups that those hoping to enter the USA with a legal Resident Alien Card do? They are jumping the queue and quotas ahead of others who after waiting as long as 10-15 years or longer now may never make it. I absolutely think all of those checks and balances should be in place for everyone.
MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS!!! We are happy for you and your Family :-)
A lot of people are fed up with the water issues and who can blame them? However, soon it will be too late and they will certainly be fed up when it comes to paying their bills in account of PSWID.
Unfortunately those who attended the Town Hall Meeting and said they were "on the edge" and those on fixed incomes appear to not matter. Of course as a Public Relations bait and switch, PSWID will then suggest a fund be set up to assist those that need help with their bill. That may sound nice, but it won't really get to the heart of the problem will it?
Do we really want another Sedona or would we like to be left alone, pay reasonable bills and live in peace with our neighbors?
The board don't like us to refer to the past but as Dr. Phi says "a good indicator of future behavior is past behavior."
The Public Relations Machine in the past also told the public that if we purchased Pine and Strawberry Water Companies that there could be no increase to current rates as part of a Five Year Plan. That the then current water rate could cover financing to purchase the water companies. That a deep well exists in Pine and that the cost of a fully functioning well is $250,000 and not $1.3M. That they would work with the County and State agencies to convert PSWID into a purveyor of water. That procedure under ARS-48-1018 was not carried out. "Any money the district puts into the well will be subtracted from the purchase or lease price" which did not happen, and so on and so forth.
We will hear what adjustments and savings they have made to the Budget but the bottom line is $10,510,246 and they will not be swayed from their pet project. Once the Potential Bonding of $7,500,000 is a line item in the approved Budget, they can go out and get a bond. Sounds like we don't get a vote. We will be told that because it is in the Budget that they don't have to spend it, and in my opinion they are just empty words and we hear it every single year.
Tom, we were told it is to replace the entire water pipeline system and install fire hydrants. The board went to great pains to tell us we will "save" on our home insurance.
The CH2M Hill District Manager in a recent board meeting said that a lot of the water revenue loss is due to faulty water meters (i.e. not registering water usage correctly) followed by water leaks. Strawberry appears to have the most faulty meters and they are being changed first, another 1,160 to be completed by mid June.
The actual district workers and DM know where the most persistent water leak areas are, so it would make sense to focus on those known leaks first. It would appear to me that other leaks as they crop up can be taken care of in regular maintenance as and when needed. All Budgets had money assigned for repairs, so why not in a careful measured manner continue over time without killing our wallets?
Over the years we have been urging the board to develop a Master Plan in order to help ensure that the public's money is well spent. The board has refused in the past saying they had to deal with the "emergency" first (quite the emergency almost $3,000,000.) The board did approve the effort for a master plan as part of this year's proposed budget. It is now fairly clear that the board intends to use the master plan as justification for that borrowing. You can expect a big Public Relations Blitz from the board and their benefactors telling us that the system is falling apart and that they HAVE to replace the entire system.
Bernice if your existing base rate is $36.00 including the 3,000 gallons of water. Your new proposed base rate is $42.50 with no water. Your rate for water usage at Zero-3,000 gallons would be $1.75 per 1,000 gallons, that should work out to $44.25 per month which is $8.25 or 23% increase. For 3001-6,000 gallons, cost of water $7.00 per 1,000 gallons, comes to $47.75 month which is $11.75 or 33% increase. Hope this helps.
I hear you Tom. Actually John Nelson worked on the Proposed Budget. What we don't want is history repeating itself and more of the same. We have experienced too many sweetheart deals, without due diligence, at the expense of the tax payers. Someone remarked to me the other day "so far we have purchased two wells, one with muddy water and the other is shut down with contamination in the water" and you know he has a point. I didn't have the heart to tell him that also proposed is an increase in water rates and a $7,500,000 bond. At least we should finally get a master plan out of it, something that is sorely needed. How those on a fixed income will manage is another concern.
Well Well Well (no pun intended) It seems that I may not have messed up after all. Documents submitted to the ACC by Mr. Chitwood say Arizona Tank Divers but the ACC says Arizona Tank Drivers! So either the ACC made a typo or they changed it because there is another association called Arizona Tank Divers. Anyhow maybe I can hold off on the hearing aids. Enough already!
As for PSWID Property Taxes, the proposal is that they go up from $300,000 to $625,000. There is more but as the song goes "break it to me gently"
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