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Yes vote on P is necessary

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From page A14 | May 18, 2014 |

A recent Enterprise editorial correctly states that the City Council could and should immediately abandon the CBFR model, and that if it does so there would be no threat to the financing of the water project. Then it advises a no vote, thinking the council will voluntarily abandon the unfair pricing scheme.

The problem is that the City Council is strangely attached to the CBFR and its supporters admit that they don’t understand why there is continued opposition to it. Instead of replacing it with something fair, the council has increased costs by trying to hide the fee increase by monthly rather that bimonthly billing, and now offers a bribe of a possible 8-percent rate reduction (of the 200-plus-percent fee increase).

Previously, they have claimed that more than 60 percent of Davis households will benefit from the CBFR due to cost shifting (to those who likely will opt out of the program), whereas looking at the fee structure shows that more than 60 percent of the monthly bill is based on the previous summer’s use and only a small amount on current use. Cost shifting is unfair, and the scheme does not immediately reward conservation.

The only way to get the council to change the program is to vote it out. There are other approved fee structures, such as Woodland’s — which bills for the same water. Please vote yes on P.

Steve Foster

Davis

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  • Jim LeonardMay 18, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Davis should have the same method of paying for water as Woodland ad the rest of California. The current structure on angers the ratepayer who does not understand what he or she is being charged for every time he or she gets the water bill. It's best if the citizenry is not constantly angry at city government. Cool the fires. Vote 'Yes' on Measure P.

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  • Elaine Roberts MusserMay 18, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Voting for Measure P will only result in possibly more expensive rates because financing very well may be more expensive to obtain. The Utility Rate Advisory Committee is poised to make a recommendation to the City Council on new rates. If citizens followed the process, the 8% decrease was expected, as the actual costs of the project came in - it was not a "bribe" as is alleged.

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  • Napoleon Pig IVMay 18, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    That Kool-Aid is so, so sweet. Mark up prices by an outrageous amount and then lure the sheep to complacency by graciously lowering them 8 percent. Such brilliant Dear Leaders we have! How could anyone possibly consider voting YES on P and interrupting the flow of power to the porcine pinnacle? Please pass around some more Kool-Aid, maybe green this time, and remember, Power to the Pigs.

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  • Sue GreenwaldMay 18, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Elaine, There is zero reason to assume that the passage of Measure P will make "more expensive to obtain".

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  • Sue GreenwaldMay 18, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    Correction: Elaine, There is zero reason to assume that the passage of Measure P will make financing "more expensive to obtain".

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  • May 19, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Ahhh. Another Committee with no members that are technically qualified in rates. When in doubt form a committee then the Council can hide. But it gives Elaine presence, no doubt she is chair as she has such a tight relationship with Staff no meaningful or appropriate questions will evolve. Charge on for the Memorial Day sale, 8% off a 300% price increase. Brilliant.

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