Water, Water Everywhere...
I spoke with Coleen Monteleone, Administrative Manager at Mesa Consolidated Water District, this afternoon. I was curious about how the hearing went on the proposed rate increases last night.
THE ANSWER IS "YES"!
Coleen told me that, first of all, the Board passed the rate increases as proposed. That means that we will be paying roughly 25% more for our water at the end of five years than we are paying now, and that the progressive increases will not require any further public hearings to implement the subsequent increases.
POWERPOINT ANSWERED QUESTIONS
She sent me the PowerPoint presentation used last night and answered several of my questions about this process. While it seems curious that such a huge increase would be bitten off in such a huge gulp, and that the only public hearing on these increases is being held three days before Christmas, when most residents are preoccupied with holiday responsibilities, I'm personally satisfied that this process is OK.
ONLY 10 SPEAKERS SHOWED UP
Ms. Monteleone told me that 10 people spoke before the Board regarding the rate increases and that 8 of them approved the increases. Thanks to those folks who took the time during this busy holiday season to present their views to the Board. She went on to tell me that currently the ratepayers of the district are paying only $.003 per gallon of water and that, after the final increase as proposed in five years, will be paying only $.004 per gallon.
NO MEDIA COVERAGE....?
It's interesting that none of the local media has provided any mention of the meeting or the results. I guess our water and a 25% increase really isn't news these days.
SPREAD YOUR WEALTH
So, dear readers, we have one more day until Christmas. I hope you spend tomorrow wisely, buying gifts for those you love and also finding a little change in your pockets for those less fortunate. The land of Newport-Mesa has many, many wonderful groups more than willing to help funnel your spare change into the hands of folks who really need it.
MORE CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR YOU TO HEAR
Once again I leave you with a couple very nice holiday clips to consider...
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