Sunday, January 24, 2010

Need a mathematical genius!

Here we go again: Mayor Lippert is repeating his claim that Vernon could save $3 million annually by pulling out of water distribution.

Here are the real facts: City residents consumed 4,731,796 m3 of domestic water for which they paid $3,832,755 in 2007.

At the same time Coldstream used 1,323,382 m3 and paid $1,072,216, while Areas B and C used 540,902 m3 and paid $540,382.

Is there a mathematical genius who could save $3 million of the $3,832,755 for the City of Vernon customers? Not in my mind! Unless, of course, city residents will pay 18 cents per m3 of domestic water and Coldstream and B and C residents fork out $2.42 per m3.

Should Coldstream and NORD agree to this sweet deal? Not a chance!

It is embarrassing to see the Chair of GVAC making outlandish comments such as these. He voted to eliminate GVAC, yet he again let his name stand for election as Chair. How could someone who feels the need to eliminate a committee ask to be elected for its Chair?

GVAC is a committee of Greater Vernon Water which the Chair is also hoping to break up. Can he be an unbiased Chairperson for that committee?

Food for thought.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are excluding over $2 million collected from Vernon residents from the flat rate connection fee (or availability charge). Total revenue collected from Vernon residents for 2009 is $6.7 million. What is needed is factual information not a math genius.
Also the 2008 budget numbers were as follows:

1) Total Revenue collected from Vernon users $5.9 million
2) Total consumption (including Agriculture) $6.8 million cubic meters
3) $ flow into B,C and Coldstream from Vernon users under GVS structure $3.5 million
4) The saving to Vernon users (just comparing total revenue collected from Vernon users) by going to a true user pay structure with sub-regional Bulk utility $2.5 million.

Please just keep it factual

Leon Gous

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I have been a resident of Coldstream since 1976. I have had 15 years of experience on Council, 3 years as Mayor. As a current Councillor I am working to achieve fair water and sewer rates and to ensure that taxpayers get fair treatment. The current direction regarding water supply is unsustainable and I am doing all I can to get the most cost effective water supply possible.