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Rates to increase in Cloverdale

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CLOVERDALE --Town Hall was filled with concerned residents Tuesday night for a special Town Council meeting regarding proposed water rate hikes.

Town Council president Don Sublett opened the meeting by stating, "Your electric bill has not stayed the same over a 12-year period."

His point was it has been a while since Cloverdale has changed its water rates and it is "about time we act."

Beginning April 1, customers will see an additional $4.21 on their bill. An average customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water will pay approximately $33.78 instead of $29.57 for the April bill. Households that use 2,000 gallons of water per month will pay an extra $1.73 for a total monthly bill of $13.91.

An increase of 3 percent will continue through four more phases. The breakdown looks like this:

* Phase II (Jan. 1, 2010) -- 2,000 gallons, $14.33; 5,000 gallons, $34.80

* Phase III (Jan. 1, 2011) -- 2,000 gallons, $14.76; 5,00 gallons, $35.85

* Phase IV (Jan. 1, 2012) -- 2,000 gallons, $15.20; 5,000 gallons, $36.92

* Phase V (Jan. 1, 2013) -- 2,000 gallons, $15.66; 5,000 gallons, $38.04

This means by 2013, customers will be paying an extra $8.47 per month for 5,000 gallons of water each month.

A rate study was completed by O.W. Krohn and Associates in Westfield and based upon that study, it was found 70 percent of Cloverdale water customers use 5,000 gallons of water or less.

The main reason for increasing the rates is simple -- soft water. Cloverdale is one of a few towns that supply soft water to its customers. Chemicals to provide soft water are the number one cause for driving up the cost -- 10 percent significance.

Last year, council made the decision to cut back on the soft water chemical in an effort to save some money.

"We are fighting chemical costs," council member Dennis Padgett told the crowd.

However, not providing soft water to its customers would have a huge impact. It would mean residents would have to pay for outside water softeners and filtration systems.

Town council approved Ordinance No. 2009-2, which establishes rates and charges for services rendered by the waterworks. There was an approved amendment made to change the increase start date from March 1 to April 1.

During the meeting, council was questioned about selling the water company. The members unanimously said, no, it was not for sale.

Even though there are three suitors interested, council is not interested. Should the company be sold, council would no longer have control of its rates and charges.

"We can't sell it and have rates any cheaper," said council member Terry Puffer. "It would give a false economy."

Attorney Allen Yackey said the council is sitting on a potential "goldmine" and should manage it well.

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Water rates must increase, it's essential if we want to keep our own treatment going. Softening the water is a must, we would really be complaining if we piped in hard water. We could do without the expense of fluoridation and save ourselves from that poison.

We should never sell the water company, we will always need water. Let's not get under corporate price control for an essential utility.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 4:58 AM

Okay, so the water rates will go up by $4.21 a month, what about the sewage? It's absolutely ridiculous what people in Cloverdale pay for water and sewage. I've never seen rates this high, not even in Indy.

-- Posted by handsonhealer on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 6:22 PM

Fluoride chemicals are added to water supplies in a failed effort to reduce tooth decay. Studies show that fluoridation is ineffective, harmful to health and an extreme waste of money.

Modern science indicates that fluoride ingestion does not reduce tooth decay as it was once believed. Fluoride gets into teeth by topical means alone but fluoride ingestion delivers risks to bone, teeth, the thyroid, babies and kidney patients.

See: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

Over 2,150 professionals urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.....

This election day, 53 US cities rejected fluoridation joining a growing list of communities saying "No," to fluoridation.

Join them here http://congress.FluorideAction.Net

-- Posted by nyscof on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 7:26 AM

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