Thursday, July 31, 2014

Drowning in fees

Posted on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:00 AM

I am opposed to the city of Polson water and sewer rate restructure as proposed. The combination of skyrocketing fees and reduction of the usage allowance is simply too much. After reading the information sent in a letter to Polson utility customers, I expect my water and sewer utility bill to at least triple in cost. Indeed, reducing the water usage allowance from 5,000 gallons to 2,000 gallons may cause my 300 percent estimate to be optimistic, particularly during summer months with unpredictable water demands.

I can understand the need to update the lagoon system, but the city’s letter also presents two other major projects upcoming: a water utility upgrade and purchase of land for a new city well. My household budget does not allow me to address multiple major costs at one time. I expect the city to be fiscally responsible and sensitive to the ability of its citizens to afford a significant hike in utility costs, as well. I would like to see the city present lowered utility fee hikes while maintaining the 5,000-gallon water usage level as it presently stands.

Garth Cox


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