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Consider this: with STRP the capital cost (installing the pipes, plant capacity etc.) for each district was equally applied to all users. With the water rate structures being considered now the capital costs (plant aquisition, expansion etc.) are being built into the rates each class of customer pays. So why are capital expenditure allocations between the two programs different?
The answer is simple. When STRP went in it only affected one class of residents with no unified voice and certainly no representation on the council. The rate structure debate affects all classes and some have more unified voices and more representation on Council.
So if you define fair and equitable as everyone should share the burden of an over priced and overbuilt water infrastructure equally, and everyone should pay the same rate per unit for what they use, you will lose. This is all about who has the most influence with Council.
An argument could be made that the purpose of STRP was not environmental, but rather an attempt to expand the contribution base of an over priced, antiquated system used by some classes of users on the Island. What wasn't foreseen by the perpetrators, however, was this was not enough.
Now back to square one. How does the original influential user class mitigate their losses?Smoke and mirrors of course. COS studies, M1's, M54"s, accept the first principles (see ajm3s comments above) make it look complicated and at all costs make sure you secure your preferred status.
I suppose there is nothing wrong with anyone's desire to preserve a preferred status. As one blogger on here often states: Council reflects the will of the taxpayers on Marco Island.
I for one can only hope for the day when Dr. Seuss's vision in the "Sneetches" comes true on the Island:
"until neither the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knewwhether this one was that one... or that one was this oneor which one was what one... or what one was who."
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