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STRP stays afloat with Marco water/sewer rate hikes

Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including 'dampened water usage in the future forecast' and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including "dampened water usage in the future forecast" and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.

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  • Sewer project in progress in the Kendall Drive area of Marco Island. July 2009
  • Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including 'dampened water usage in the future forecast' and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.
  • Former Councilman John Arceri, now sporting a beard, says Marco didn't purchase a 'pig in the poke' when they bought the water utility in 2003.
  • Marco resident Ken Honecker says he's been expecting a different kind of water/sewer utility rate study than the one recently completed by the city. Officials say a study on whether rates are equitable among customer types and what operations the rates will cover is to begin in the coming months.

State of Marco's water utility major talking point at Monday's council meeting, including what conditions are leading to a rate increase as high as about 13 percent effective October 1, followed by similar anticipated increases in the several consecutive years.

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