Don’t worry; trees will live

By From page A8 | October 25, 2012

The point Bob Dunning makes about watering trees in his Friday column illuminates one more important advantage of the Loge-Williams consumption-based fixed revenue water rate structure over traditional rate structures.

The detailed side-by-side analysis Frank and I have made of the most recent year of actual Davis water consumption data shows that three quarters of all the city’s water accounts (12,241 out of 16,433) would have lower rates under the consumption-based fixed revenue structure.

As we look forward to the coming rate increases, it will be much easier and much more likely for those 12,000-plus accounts, which are distributed through the city in close proximity to the trees, to spend a little bit of the money they are saving to provide water to the trees. Maybe we should change the name of our structure to the Save The Trees Water Rate Structure…

Thanks to Bob for doing his part to keep Davis green.

Matt Williams
El Macero

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