I don’t think condo rates should be lower than homes. The main reason is there is so much more usage going through the condo than a home, and much more water, also. So, they are taking up more than a single family home would be. I recently took a close look at my water bill. My base fee is about $22 for the water, $27 for sewer. My actual usage for water is about $6, and my usage for sewer is about $9, and, I’m getting a bill for $82. And that’s not just one month. I have been here for 18 years.
Local, working people typically are living in condos. There should be an incentive, in the form of lower tax and utility rates, for the locals that are employed here, rather than the owner, who is usually either abroad or seasonal. I live part-time in a ski town in Colorado, where it’s the same situation. Locals should have a financial incentive to stay there, whereas the absentee owner should pay the higher rate, or larger part. That’s how they do it in Dillon.
As a renter in a condo, I think that we should have lower rates, because that’s where we all live, as members of the workforce, while the homes are empty most of the time. People who don’t live in their single-family homes don’t feed the economy all year long like families and working people do. Absentee owners, who are just in and out during season, are not the majority of the population here, but I understand that they have to do it that way, because each unit is given a certain amount of usage per year, and the rate is set according to those figures. Also, the rates on Marco Island are somewhat high.