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Proposed Water Rate INCREASE?????

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TaxedEnough
Wed Mar 23 2011, 01:20AM
Registered Member #338
Joined: Sat Jun 14 2008, 08:40PM
{LOCATION}Posts: 16
Council is considering a water service cost increase. Is this just for new service (to cover the higher cost of the new water meter technology) or an increase in the Mountain Park water rate? We certainly don't need a water rate increase in Mountain Park.

Why?

Our water and sewer rates are already between 10% and 60% higher than those of the surrounding communities depending on actual usage.

WATER RATES:

The analysis is complicated because Mountain Park still uses an archaic “tier” system that has been abandoned by neighboring communities. (The tier system causes users to pay for 2,500 gallons for usage between 1 – 2,500 gals.; users pay for 4,500 gals for usage between 2,501 – 4,500; etc.) In other communities water usage is rounded to the nearest 1,000 gallons, producing a much more accurate bill. Water customers pay for only the water they actually use.

The table below shows water bills at various water usage levels to demonstrate how much higher Mountain Park water rates ALREADY are.

The comparison to Cobb County is particularly relevant because Mountain Park purchases the water we use from Cobb County. Mountain Park sells us Cobb County water at a large markup already.

SEWER:

The Mountain Park sewer rate is already about twice (2X) the rate of Cobb County and Roswell.


Come on, Council. There is already a HUGE markup in Mountain Park's water and sewer rates - more than enough to cover the cost of maintaining and improving the water and sewer system.

While we are on the subject, what has happened the last few years to the "profit" from the water (over) charges? It has been stashed in the Enterprise Fund and depleted without public accountability to buy greenspace (remember the 2009 purchase of the lots on Lake Garrett which occurred without public discussion, fanfare, or even public announcement?) and to fund over $1 million of the cost of the Lake Garrett lawsuit disaster.

Water and sewer rate increases in Mountain Park are not needed or justified. If Council wants more money for City operations, it should address the issue directly through the tax millage rate and budget process, and not through a backdoor "additional tax" on the citizens of the City.

Rather than increasing water (and sewer) rates, Mountain Park should:

- CHANGE to a billing system that bills to the nearest 1,000 gallons (the tier system currently in use is outdated, and a rip-off to citizens); and

- REDUCE the rates to be consistent with Cobb County or Roswell.



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Client-9
Wed Mar 23 2011, 01:38AM
Registered Member #311
Joined: Wed Mar 12 2008, 12:36PM
{LOCATION}Posts: 30
Second reading. Yes, second reading, of an ordinance (city administrator position) and nothing posted on this site or the Official Government site under "Proposed Legislation". Why? Where is the transparency? I wonder who is interested in this job? Could it be a sitting elected official?


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TaxedEnough
Wed Mar 23 2011, 02:14AM
Registered Member #338
Joined: Sat Jun 14 2008, 08:40PM
{LOCATION}Posts: 16
City Administrator? More money for pool maintenance (in addition to the $100,000 CDBG grant that is going to resurface the pool rather than road repairs/maintenance)? (Both items for discussion in the Council Work Session tomorrow.)

Where is the money going to come from to pay for this stuff? Is Mountain Park starting to print its own currency? Aren't our taxes already twice as high as the neighboring communities?

We need ROAD MAINTENANCE, BRIDGE MAINTENANCE, DITCH MAINTENANCE, SHRUB/TREE MAINTENANCE. LOWER TAXES. Our highest priorities are NOT:

- A City Administrator.

- More money invested in a community pool that is used by less than 10% of the community, and which has a fee structure which covers less than 20% of it's operating costs.

- Water rate hikes.
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Keith
Wed Mar 23 2011, 05:25PM
Registered Member #46
Joined: Fri Jul 29 2005, 02:20PM
{LOCATION}Posts: 158
There is a Working Session for City Council tonight. It would appear that part of the agenda will be to address this issues.

Items of interest include:

PENDING BUSINESS:
1. Ordinance #306-11 Creating City Administrator, 2nd reader
2. 2011 Comprehensive Plan
a) Review of the draft Short Term Work Program
b) Review of the draft Community Vision Statement
c) Review of the Resolution to transmit
d) Comments-Jeffrey Johnson
3. EECBG program update-Julian Powell
4. Kids Triathlon rescheduling to November
5. Nature Trail Grant
6. Monitoring Station
7. SWT Bill
8. Contract with Martin Shelton of Scoggins & Goodman, PC

NEW BUSINESS:
1. Request from Jay Barnet
2. Tree Appreciation-Krystal Notter
3. Presentation of new EMRs & public appreciation for citizens support
4. Hydrant Replacement Request
5. Request for Additional Pool Funds
6. Review of Leak Adjustment Policy
7. Recommendation of Employee Annual Pay Increase
8. Recommendation for Cost Increase for New Water Service
9. Resolutions for 2010 Final Budget Amendments for General Fund, Enterprise Fund, and EECBG
10. Utility Appeals
11. City Logo Polo shirts
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Keith
Mon Mar 28 2011, 05:50PM
Registered Member #46
Joined: Fri Jul 29 2005, 02:20PM
{LOCATION}Posts: 158
Tonight's City Council meeting includes:
Contract with Martin Shelton of Scoggins & Goodman, PC

NEW BUSINESS

1. Request for Permit Extension-Jay Barnet
2. Tree Appreciation-Krystal Notter
3. Presentation of new EMR’s & public appreciation for citizens support
4. Hydrant Replacement Request in the amount of $7,188
5. Adoption of Leak Adjustment Policy
6. Employee Annual Pay Increase
7. Cost Increase for New Water Service
8. Resolutions Adopting 2010 Final Amended Budget for General & Enterprise Funds

9. Purchase of City Logo Polo shirts
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