I read recently that although the revised water rates for Marco Island residents were not yet established, the system of “block pricing” would remain in effect.
This block pricing, as it is today, is not fair to all home owners. When the block pricing was pushed through by the former City Council members, residents were told that the swale areas of their lots would be taken into consideration when the new block water rates were implemented. That did not happen! Instead, the same dollar amount was allowed across the board to all home owners regardless of the size of their swale, which really means there was no consideration given for the size of the swales.
The correct way would have been to include the swale area in the lot size when determining which block rate a lot really fell into. If this was done, corner lots would fall into a more favorable block water rate. The home owner is expected to take care of and water the swale to help keep Marco a beautiful city. The square footage of the swale surrounding a corner lot is approximately 3.25 times that of a standard lot. Surely it could not have been that difficult to determine the difference between standard and corner lots and applied the appropriate consideration to each owner as to which block rate they really fell into. This would have been fair consideration for all.
I do hope this current City Council, along with the consulting firm, sees the errors of the past council and include the proper swale allowance in the upcoming revised water rate program.
John F. Nelson