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Water rate hike sparks outcry from users

About a dozen Cedaredge residents attended the Sept. 21 town board meeting with complaints that the recent water rate hike is causing unacceptable billing increases, hardship and negative impacts to the town.

Complaints of water billings that have gone from $70 per month to $128 per month; from $78 to $131 per month; and from $80 per month to $152 per month for less water usage were cited.

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Questions raised on water rates

Constituents at Orchard City's Sept. 13 regular meeting raised questions about the town's new, higher water rates.

Gary Cape objected "strenuously" to the water rates.

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Relief fund can cut utility costs by 30%

One purpose of the question-and-answer session was, in the words of the facilitator, to discuss whether utility rate increases are having a disproportionate impact on citizens with fixed incomes.

During the forum, that issue was also raised by Peggy Baxter, who had been contacted by an elderly resident who was concerned about how she'd be able to pay her water bill.

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Water customers feel 'soaked' by billing date

Orchard City residents told trustees that it is the town's water customers themselves who have gotten soaked by higher water charges because new rates were implemented ahead of the promised schedule.

The revelation was one of several complaints presented to trustees at a second consecutive boisterous business meeting on May 10.

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Rowdy crowd weighs in on water rate hike

Orchard City's base water charges for residential water customers with three-quarter-inch taps were revised for the second time in a month at the town board's April 12 meeting. The latest rates corrected a math problem with the rates adopted last month.

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Math mistake sinks water rate hike in Orchard City

Even before Orchard City's new water rates take effect as scheduled on May 1 they are already being changed. An accounting error made in calculating the new water charges is said to be responsible.

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Seniors remind trustees of impact they face with new water rates

Two constituents came forward at the Orchard City Town Board meeting on March 8 to question trustees about the water rate increase.

Jan Gage, a former trustee, expressed concern for senior citizens in town on fixed incomes who would be hurt financially by the doubling of water rates.

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Rate hike takes effect May 1 in Orchard City

Following action by the Orchard City Town Board on March 8, customers of the town's domestic water system will see steep increases in both base charges and user fees beginning May 1.

The move came on a split 5-1 vote.

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Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications
Crawford board okays water rate hike with modifications

After another long discussion over the state of the water fund by Crawford trustees, and after a handful of constituents spoke out against the proposed increase to the water rates during a public hearing, trustees approved a modified plan last week, with the promise to keep working on making the water fund more solvent.

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Water rates could double for Orchard City residents

The Orchard City Town Board at its Wednesday, March 8, meeting will act on a proposal which, if adopted, would double residential water rates.

For example, based on preliminary figures provided to the Delta County Independent, the monthly base charge in-town would rise from $13 to $25, and the use rate for the first 20,000 gallons would rise from $0.99 per thousand gallons to $1.89 per thousand gallons.

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Paonia considers water rate hike

Paonia water users could see an increase in their water bill as early as Jan. 1.

At the Oct. 25 board meeting, the town board voted to direct town attorney David Marek to draft a resolution for a 2-percent across the board increase in water rates.

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