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rural - Francesca
Babbler # 14858

posted 26 January 2008 05:00 AM      Profile for rural - Francesca   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The high cost of using less water

Peel Region treasurer Dan Labrecque estimates his region has lost $7 million to so-called "revenue or billable flows shortfall." The need to make up for that lost money accounts for nearly half of Peel's proposed 16 per cent water rate hike (expected to be phased in at 12.5 per cent).

We have similar issues here in the Owen Sound

In a report on the capital and operating budget update, the bag tag revenue is down 125 thousand dollars. (2006 numbers)

So municipalities jack the price of services, to reduce consumption; the public responds by reducing consumption; but costs go up.

So it costs me $2 a bag for garbage, and I usually have one bag per week. So $8 a month

Now I got real diligent about composting, and knew what to do with kitty litter (I have 5 cats) I could reduce that to half a bag a week. which then becomes $4 a month.

But because they are getting less $ from me they put the price of the bag tags up and I'm back to paying $8.00 a month.

So should I make the effort and cause myself lots of extra work (and possible driving around to the compost heap etc - add car based pollutants to the environment) or keep what I'm doing?

I will jump through hoops, to save money, but don't punish me for doing so.

[this is about the economics, not the moral and ethical obligation to be greener I do get that]

From: the backyard | Registered: Dec 2007  |  IP: Logged
Frustrated Mess
Babbler # 8312

posted 26 January 2008 06:06 AM      Profile for Frustrated Mess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It is also about sprawl and land use, in Peel, where most development is low density and there are costs to extending services to detached enclaves sprouting up like mushrooms where once there was farm lands, woodlands, and wetlands. The costs are higher and reduced revenues present a problem. Expect it to get worse.
From: doom without the gloom | Registered: Feb 2005  |  IP: Logged
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posted 26 January 2008 06:16 AM      Profile for bliter   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lesson #1.

Where government at any level is concerned, we exist to be milked.

My water is not metered at the house. I wish it was.
If so, I'd be paying much less than the fixed rate all homeowners pay.

Being penalized for going green is not that much of a phenomenon however. We see that in attempting to make "smart" decisions in vehicle purchase.

From: delta | Registered: Sep 2007  |  IP: Logged

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