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.