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Center Point residents react to possible increase

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CENTER POINT -- When residents of Center Point recently opened their water bills, a note was included from council members.

The note explained how the town had implemented a $5 administrative fee on water accounts and an additional administrative fee of $5 for sewer accounts.

However, the letter also explained that on Sept. 10, the city of Brazil had conducted a meeting with surrounding towns they supply water to, including Center Point, Harmony, Carbon and Knightsville.

The letter explained to residents that at the meeting, town officials were notified the City of Brazil was raising water rates for city residents by 87 percent and water rates in the surrounding towns would increase by 166 percent.

According to the letter, the annual average amount of water Center Point purchases for use from Brazil is $18,855.

However, after the rate increase, which will take effect in 2009, the same amount of water will cost Center Point $50,220.

After thorough review, Center Point council members and town clerk-treasurer Roger Campbell deduced Center Point Waterworks could not absorb the 166 percent increase, leaving the town no choice but to increase customer rates.

The letter indicated Center Point council members intended to be at the Brazil City Council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, to express concerns.

Campbell told The Brazil Times the purpose of the letter was to inform Center Point water customers of the increase and "to break the news more gently."

"It was just an informational letter so people might not be shocked when they started getting bills," Campbell said.

Campbell said after Center Point residents received the letter, the overall sentiment was "concern."

"There was a feeling of how the other towns were being put upon for improvements Brazil City has to make," he said. "But since we do buy our water from (Brazil), at this point, we don't have a choice. We're reliant on (Brazil) at this time for water."

Campbell said the town began purchasing its water from Brazil in 1968.

At the town's council meeting Tuesday, several residents expressed their concern.

"We are water customers also," Council President Roy Smith said. "We are also going to feel it."=

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Now is the time for Center Point, Harmony et al to apply for Grants, loans, bonds, ecetera and drill -- drill -- drill. We can not afford this increase, and action is required. I wonder how much problems would arise if you had to show your address when you buy gas and have to pay a different rate based on your address. Anarchy, anarchy, I say!

-- Posted by reddevil on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 10:00 AM

Duke Energy - I hope that my electric bill does'nt go up 166% because I dont live close to Brazil.

-- Posted by reddevil on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 10:33 AM

And why not....Everything else has gotten a raise it only seems fair that water, a once free commodity, should jump on the band wagon as well. Even though no improvements will ever be made anyway soon if that's the reason for the increase.

I wonder how long before a gallon of water matches the price of gas? It's not funny now, but if we continue to allow run away spending just because of the economic status..the next thing you know, we may have to start paying for sunlight(other than a tanning bed). We already pay for rain and air, in one form or another.

It's always easier to just raise rates and let the poor tax payer pay for increases instead of finding ways to cut costs or rethink the way they currently run the utility.

Just go ahead and add one more burden to us already tapped out middle class workers! Shoot...we are already paying for Walstreet's and the Republicans' mistakes...what's one more? I guess we shall all come together in the poor house, if we can aford it.

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 2:31 PM

This is just another screw put to the people of Centerpoint! They needed sewers fixed. Our water rates went up a lot. Didn't come down either like the board promised. Now there is an "administrative fee" added to the sewer and water. What the hell is the "administrative fee" for? Come on Smith and Campbell and the rest of the board! How about some open comminication between the board and the residents? You've been very secretive for too long.

The board wants everybody in town to live up to their standards. Well, when I get property given to me and a big job and a two income household, I'll consider it, but not until. Besides, I've the right to live in peace and harmony without your stupid rules that serve only you.

ncrease. Now the city of Brazil is going to double what they are charging their customers. We're customers, aren't we?

Just remember, the well runs dry pretty quick these days. Could be a lot of residents could start using their old wells and tell you guys where to put your water!

-- Posted by cyclerider on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 8:54 PM

It sure seems like it is time for a COMPLETE new board in town.

-- Posted by cyclerider on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 8:56 PM

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