Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Proposed Water Rate Increases: What the...?

Over the next four years, the City is proposing a 40% increase in basic charges (hookup fees) for residential water service. And a 25% increase in rates (Tier 2)

At the same time, the City Council just approved up to $2.5 million per year to subsidize the cost of public water infrastructure for new businesses that open on the SE side of Tucson, if they are more water efficient than current businesses.

There are perfectly good reasons to raise our water bill - like fixing our crumbling water infrastructure and supporting more water harvesting systems around Tucson.
For those of us concerned with water conservation (in this time of drought) there is another issue to be considered.

"What troubles me about Tucson Water's rate proposal is the way they want to collect the money They're proposing to take more with unavoidable service charges and less with sales charges. This goes against research, done in Tucson, which shows double the conservation with charges on sales. Tucson can't afford to reduce conservation incentives in a drought, with use increasing. Since 2011, service charges are already up 80 percent, and by 2022 they'll be up 157 percent. This is choking the conservation incentive for users in the lowest block — 60 percent of residential sales. Tell city council not to raise service charges, its hurting customers and conservation!" - Mark Day, MS Economics and Policy, MBA Market Research

Wanna find out what the city is planning to do with that money? Wanna show them that Tucson Water customers are paying attention? Attend one of these public meetings on the proposed rate increases:

* Thursday, March 29 at El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd.
* Thursday, April 5, at Miller-Golf Links Library Meeting Room, 9640 E. Golf Links Rd.
* Tuesday, April 10, at Tucson Parks and Recreation Meeting Room, 900 S. Randolph Way
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A short presentation begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with City of Tucson staff. The same information will be presented at all three meetings. More information is available at <http://tucson.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx…> thru this link.

FYI: Some expenses related to CAP water: 

Tucson Water Reliability Investment
In 2017 money was set aside for recovery infrastructure, CAP recharge and recovery system.

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