Letter to the Editor: Questions about water rates

Posted 11/5/18

Questions about water rates Regarding Bill Christopher’s Oct. 25 column (“Westminster recall clock starts ticking because of water rates”). I had tremendous respect for your handling of …

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Letter to the Editor: Questions about water rates

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Questions about water rates

Regarding Bill Christopher’s Oct. 25 column (“Westminster recall clock starts ticking because of water rates”). I had tremendous respect for your handling of controversial issues when you were City Manager. Since becoming a commentator, you imply the City can do no wrong and Bruce Baker can do no right.

There are many legitimate reasons for the water rate controversy, issues the city has not addressed:

Why does the water and sewer system suddenly have urgent problems, when studies over the last 20 years (including 2012 and 2015), found the systems to be adequate for full city build-out?

Four former city councilors confirmed this fact during their public hearing statements.

Why didn’t the city properly notify residents of urgent issues and rate increases in a timely manner? I didn’t find out until one day before the first reading. There should have been months of notices and discussions in water bills, the City Edition, and Westminster Window.

Why are some residents charged 2.5x more per gallon than others, increasing to 3.25x in 2020? No Colorado municipality has such disparate and punitive rates. While Westminster’s top rate is $11.62 per 1000 gallons, Broomfield’s single rate is $3.16 per 1000. Westminster charges the most, but it pays the least due to its senior water rates acquired decades ago.

The council admitted that they mishandled the notification, yet they refused to republish the increase and delay the vote.

You should defend proper handling of important issues.

It’s time to recall the current council. Read and add your support to www.westminsterrecall.com.

Dave Buehmann,

Westminster

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