No EID drought rate surcharge ...yet! - Opinion
In EID’s June 9, 2014 board meeting, Alan Day and I for the fifth time again fended off a non-cost-proportional, discriminatory 30 percent EID water rate surcharge that further would expand rate preferences given to EID’s 950 small farm and agricultural ratepayers.
EID Division 4 Director Dale Coco, who ran on a “freeze all rate hikes for five years” pledge, has vowed to again bring back his ever-evolving rate hike plan in EID’s July 14, 2014 board meeting.
Under Coco’s plan, for all bi-monthly water consumption over 4,500cf, EID’s agriculture water would increase from a billing rate of $49 per acre foot to $63.53 per acre foot while residential water usage above that same 4,500cf threshold would increase from a billing rate of $829 per acre foot currently to $1,078 per acre foot…some $1,014 per acre foot higher and seventeen times the rate EID charges its small farm and agriculture customers.
While Coco proposes a multitude of exceptions that would exempt certain ratepayers from his rate surcharge, few residential ratepayers would qualify.
My conviction is that all ratepayers deserve a level playing field in EID’s rate setting.
EID Director Greg Prada is a retired business executive whose professional career included service as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.