The Cottonwood Improvement District (sewer) is proposing a rate increase from $3 per month to $13 per month — a 333 percent increase. This sewer district has had some of the lowest rates in the state. In fact Utah's sewer rates are a bargain when compared with other states.
But this increase concerns me for two reasons: First, the rate increase will not affect the gainfully employed as much as those on fixed incomes. And with natural gas and gasoline being expensive, they will feel this increase even more. Second, this district had $14 million in reserves as of Dec. 31, 2004. A rate increase of more than 300 percent seems extreme with this kind of reserves. Maybe a gradual increase over the next few years would be a better solution.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at 8620 Highland Drive. Let your voice be heard.