Just Buy Water from the Cheapest Source!
By Kim Lefner
Mixed messages about the high cost of water leave ratepayers asking “Are rate increases really necessary?” and “What is the true cost of producing ‘our own’ water?” So we approached the CCS’ “resident water expert” John Perry of the Capistrano Taxpayers Association (CTA) to get the scoop about the true cost of water and the proposed rate increases.
This is problematic says Perry, because the amount of water (in ccfs) the city allocates for Tier 1 is so unrealistically low (it’s based on third world standards) that most people who bought homes with yards and/or pools before the cost of water was an issue, are pushed up into Tiers 2, 3 or 4 which get no property tax subsidy.
Perry maintains that since ratepayers in Tiers 2, 3 & 4 are already punished with unreasonably and progressively higher rates; the tax subsidy should be equally distributed among those tiers to make the water more affordable for all - and not just one category of ratepayer.