Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Morning Star Newsclips - December 2, 2012.

 Comments on the 2013 sewer rates.

My biggest problem with the current system is the unfair high cost to low sewage contributors. Table 1 below compares the cost differences and the cumulative percentage of customers falling within given volume ranges. Over 62% of customers would receive lower bills and everyone would pay on the basis of the unit price ($3.85 per m3). Nobody is penalized.

Council’s major concern was that the proposed rates would affect high users unfairly. In fact, no one is treated unfairly. The base fee is based on $3.85 up to and including 20 m3-s (although at full 20 m3 it is 10 cents cheaper per m3). All additional usage is charged at $3.50 per m3.

If Council wishes to subsidize anyone or any group they must spread the cost of such subsidies to the entire community and not just to the sewer customers. We don’t and can’t subsidize property taxes why should we subsidize user fees for sewer? In fact, we encourage water saving by charging a premium on high users. Let’s make it fair!


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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.