Sanitation withholds payment on N. Broadway manholes

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Sanitation withholds payment on N. Broadway manholes

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Sanitation withholds payment on N. Broadway manholes

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CSD tables sewer rate discussion

Sanitation officials tabled discussions this week on any proposed rate fee change until water usage data is secured from municipal billing records.
In a recently written report, Cortez Sanitation District (CSD) manager Tim Krebs presented CSD board members with five rate proposals. Krebs ultimately recommended the current flat rate structure grounded on national averages be maintained with an option for commercial and governmental customers to switch to consumption rate plan based on a 12-month average.
This suggested hybrid rate schedule, Krebs said, would allow any commercial or governmental customer who feels unfairly charged a remedy without impacting the 2016 budget. The hybrid rate, however, would be based on inaccurate usage data, Krebs said.
Before making any decision, CSD board members again instructed Krebs to obtain usage data from the city, which recently installed new digital water meters.
The city previously provided its water usage data to sanitation officials at a fee of $12,000 annually.
Other rate suggestions proposed by Krebs included adjusting the flat rate multiplier for motels, extending a temporary credit to the most heavily impacted businesses, offering a seasonally adjusted rate to hotels and raising residential rates to offset revenue loses if commercial and governmental customers return to consumption-based billing.
In a report to the board, officials were warned that if rates were altered, additional staff time and training would be required and customer complaints could rise.
In other CSD rate news, sanitation officials adopted a resolution this week to file property liens to collect more than $35,000 in delinquent bills. With more than 60 customers potentially impacted, officials indicated the average delinquent bill totaled about $565. The single largest delinquent bill totals more than $4,500.
tbaker@the-journal.com

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