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1/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Sewer rates above average

City officials several months ago said sewer rates will go up about $12 a month for the average user. My wife and I are retired and the only ones living here. I'd say we are average.

The last four months our sewer bill was around $49.42. This January it went up from $27.97 to $77.36 a month; I think that is more than $12.

Also, when our city fathers were discussing the rate increase, why did they not include all 40,000 citizens of Kingman instead of just the 9,000 who are connected? Those 40,000 others will have the option to connect in the future. The sewer benefits all citizens; those connected do not contribute to the ground water pollution. All the septic tanks in Kingman add nitrates to the ground water.

To those who say they should not pay because they are not connected, I say you should pay as a city tax just like we do for the city schools that we have no connection to, as we have no children here.

Jon Mullinix


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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Jon Mullinix

I did talk to some people that do have septic tanks and they mentioned that the cost to hook up to the sewer will be very high in the future.
I mentioned to them that when we purchased our home we paid for that hook up in the purchase price, because the builder had to pay the fee and included that fee in the home price

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Very odd Jon.

Wife and I are in similar living arrangements...just us. My sewer was right at $40 or less last year depending on actual usage (you do know it can be less than the normal charge, but never higher, don't you?). When the rate increase started, it went to about $49, just as predicted.

You can't compare just one bill (Jan) to the increased charge. Possibly there was a mistake in Dec and they adjusted it in Jan?

If you aren't aware of how sewer rates are determined, you should call the nice ladies downtown and ask for an explanation.

As to charging all water customers even if not on sewer...no way. Educating our children for the benefit of all is a different matter. I don't use the library either, but I don't mind helping to fund it.

Indirect benefits (schools, libraries) are the responsibility of all affected. Direct benefits (sewer service) are the responsibility of those benefiting.

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Are You Potty Trained

I have to agree with Jon. We get stiffed with school taxes even if we’re childless -- we pay extra for water so the golf course gets their water free -- we pay extra tax on a fast-food burger to fix the roads even if we don’t own a car -- the list is endless.

The city should be able to declare its entire water service boundary to be a sewer improvement district and tack on the apportioned share of the sewer costs as an aquifer protection surcharge. The EPA or ADEQ is going to come knocking sooner or later and require it anyway just like they did with our sewer plants and Lake Havasu City’s, so just do it already. Hook ‘em up or shut ‘em off -- that should be the plan.

Frankly, I’m sick of having to hold my nose to drink Kingman’s stinking water -- even my cats prefer to drink rainwater with bird crap in it rather than drink city water -- that's a fact.

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