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Our latest water and sewer rate Cost of Service Study was gamed from the beginning. The consultant was TOLD to evaluate the cost sharing based on the heaviest use month, not an average month or least use month. This biased the study against the interests of the hightest use users, the single family home owners. The single family homeowners must use potable water to irrigate. The bulk of the condo's along collier blvd have access to reuse water. My cape marco condo's grass is plusher than carpet in my bedroom as it is watered at least once a day in dry season with no penalty against potable water volume or rates. The COS's most contentious issue was how to distribute the debt service. Instead of distributing the debt service equally amoungst all users, it was distributed such that single family homeowners pay 250% more than a multifamily user, even though the oversized water plant was sized equally for each residential unit. All I can say is I thank Larry Magel and his backers for making sure that single family homeowners pay the bulk of my unit's debt service!
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