SUBSIDIES TO AGRICULTURE ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN THE NEWS

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There is much controversy over the division of water among three main groups, agriculture, development, and the environment.

When it comes to agriculture water subsidies we are made aware that the subsidy unfairly exists, and we are distracted from the subsidy to developers.

At the April 29, 2016 city Council meeting sewer capacity charges that are paid by residential and commercial developments to hook into the sewer system were reduced from $5,146 to $2,643.

At the same meeting an increase of 6% annually over the next five years from $31.92 to $42.45 for single-family homes was passed.

The money is to be used to pay for $200 million in sewer system upgrades.

It was built but they did not come

The money spent for Village One and now Village Two, now known as Tivoli, justifies decreased one time sewer hookup fees.

The recession not only decreased the need for sewer hookups but probably indicates that we built schools for the students that did not come.

Finally, the city says we need $200 million in sewer system upgrades but it’s the single-family homes, businesses, and apartments that will pay for it over the next five years.

Pay for hookups when tags are issued

In the year 2000,  because of staff incompetence, the city was owed $700,000 in water hookups.

New permits were not issued until the fees were paid.