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2/20/2013 10:04:00 AM
Residents to see $6 hike in water/sewer bills
Dan Jackson explained the need for water and sewer rate increases to council during the Jan. 8 meeting.
Dan Jackson explained the need for water and sewer rate increases to council during the Jan. 8 meeting.
Matt Santos
Reporter

Water and sewer bills for town customers will go up about $6 per month beginning in March, after Council's approval of Resolution 13-1005 during its Feb. 12 meeting.

The vote, 6-1 in favor of the resolution, also allowed similar increases over the next four years.

The lone "no" vote was registered by council member Linda Hatch, who said she was disappointed that no members of the public decided to speak to council during the public hearing portion of the meeting.

"I would have liked to have heard from some of the public that will be affected by this increase," said Hatch. She added that some of the wording on the resolution contributed to her decision.

"I really do have a problem with not better defining how this (money) is going to be used," said Hatch. "We're looking at a long-term increase, where you can go from around $40 a month to $80 a month in a matter of a few years."

Hatch said she would like to see wording specifically stating how the money raised through the increase is to be spent.

Mayor Chris Marley said each future council would be required to address specific budget items. Resolution 13-1005 was discussed in depth during the Jan. 8 council meeting, in which Dan Jackson, consultant for the town and CEO of Economists.com, told council that without the rate increase the town's water fund faced bankruptcy.

During that meeting, council directed staff to publish a Notice of Intention to Increase Water and Wastewater Rates, Fees, and Service Charges, which was printed in the Prescott Daily Courier soon after as required by Arizona state law.

Other items of business included:

• Appointment of Tiffany Resendez, Town HR Analyst, as the towns alternate member on the Yavapai Combined Trust Board.

• Approval for the Chino Valley Police Dept. to apply for, accept, and expend money from an Arizona Game and Fish Dept. grant of up to $50,000 to further develop the town shooting range. The range is scheduled to open in early April, 2013.

For more information on council meetings visit www.chinoaz.net or call 928-636-2646.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: tired of complainers

Nobody likes paying more money for anything- But please remember this: Logical Thinker & Claudette Johnson- 1st off, Hatch did not object to the raise in rates- she only objected to some slight wording- she had many opportunities to voice an objection to the rates themselves but never did- at least not publicly. This is her way of presenting a "I'm fighting for the little guy" without actually doing any fighting.
And as for the public not weighing in- they DID weigh in. A few years back when THE PUBLIC VOTED FOR THIS PROJECT- it was a project voted in BY THE PUBLIC . That vote came with the service AND THE COST.


Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Blankemeier

Thanks for Mayor Marley and the majority of the town council doing the right thing! Nobody likes increases but like the federal defecit, where bankrupcy looms, we have to start paying down our town's debts. This issue has loomed over our town since 2010 and continues to get kicked down the road. One sure way to get re-elected is to ignore our responsability then blame everyone else later. There is no Santa Claus.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Claudette Johnson

Why are you surprised that the public didn't come and voice their opinions? HMMM maybe because in the past years when the public did voice their opinions, concerns, and opposition, YOU and the other council members ignored the public.It is sad that this current council and past council members didn't listen to the public and maybe more residents of the town would feel like it was worth stepping up to the microphone to be heard.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Logical Thinker

Linda Hatch,
Thanks for once again being the sole voice of reason. I guess that this is what happens when the public does not attend city council meetings. Look what happened in Bell, CA!
Keep up the good work!!




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