Griffith rates, other jurisdictions compared

Mohave County Interim Manager Dick Skalicky supplied figures on what other water districts charge for 1,000 gallons of water in the e-mail for his proposed water rates for the Griffith Energy Project and other industries locating in the Interstate 40 industrial corridor.

The figures are:

• Kingman (inside the city limits), $1.45.

• Bullhead City, $1.48.

• Lake Havasu City (inside the city), $1.50.

• Kingman (outside the city), $1.52.

• Lake Havasu City (outside the city), $2.30.

• Mt.

Tipton Water Co., $3.

• Havasu Heights Improvement District, $3.47.

• Valley Pioneer Water Co., $4.

• Golden Valley Improvement District, $7.50.

Most of those rates are for domestic purposes, Skalicky said.

The $1.45 and $1.52 rates are the highest charged in Kingman and are based on usage of more than 100,000 gallons, city Finance Administrator Coral Loyd said.

Residents pay 99 cents per 1,000 gallons if they use between 2,000 and 5,000 gallons per month and customers who live outside the city pay $1.25 per 1,000 in that usage range.

Citing a survey done in 1999 by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, Loyd said Kingman charges one of the lowest rates in the state.

GVID's rates are based on a maximum of 75 cents per 100 gallons, improvement district manager Zelda Wright said.

Valley Pioneer Water Co., which also serves the Golden Valley area, charges $15 for the first 1,000 gallons, $2.50 per 1,000 gallons for the next 1,000 up to 14,000 gallons and $4 per each additional 1,000 gallons, general manager John Clayton said.

Jay Moyes, an attorney representing Griffith, said, "We don't feel it is appropriate to get into a comparison chart with other users in the county.

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It does project a fairly tilted view even if the numbers are right."

County Supervisor Jim Zaborsky, a Griffith backer, said Skalicky will send him a breakdown on the rates for the water districts.

"The more water that is used, maybe there is a break on the cost per gallon," he said.

"We need to take a look at the full range."