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Water Rate Increase

posted Jun 03, 2011 14:48:32 by Lisa
How do we fight the proposed water rate increase? It is scheduled to go into effect in August. I have friends across the highway that I can contact to get involved as well.

We have to come together as a community to fight this or they will just keep raising rates. I can barely afford the rates that they are now - and the water quality isn't even decent. Not to mention the fact that surrounding areas (Including just one street over) pay MUCH less than we do... like half as much.

Where is the Board on this issue?
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JessiA said Jun 04, 2011 14:52:24
Lisa,
As Vice-President of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for taking the initiative and running with this. I have forwarded your email to the other board members and to Real Manage. I can’t believe they are requesting (demanding) another rate increase.

You asked us, where is the Board on this issue: Well just like any other homeowner in this community, we are outraged. But we as a Board have little or no control of this. The only action we can take is to work hard to promote community involvement. As I am sure you are aware, community involvement has never been a high priority within the community. Maybe this will bring the community together as we fight together.

I personally will be attending the meeting this Sunday, June 5th at 4pm in front of the model homes. I am hoping the turn out will draw in enough people so we can start the fire to spark an interest within everyone in our community.
Working together is the only way we can fight these big companies.

Thank you again for your involvement!!!
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gbruce1 said Jun 05, 2011 00:23:11
This is absolutely outrageous. I've talked to 3 of my neighbors and we'll all be there tomorrow. Here's hoping we have a large turnout and can get this stopped.

Gail Bruce
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring --it was peace"--Milan Kundera
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JessiA said Jun 05, 2011 17:41:57
Below is a copy and paste from some emails in regard to how to petition the rate increase:

There is a group of residents that would like to protest the increased rate hike they are about to receive from Monarch for their water. Susan Nold mentioned to me that you told her that TCEQ would need 1,000 people to request a hearing. So, here are my questions:

1) 1,000 people - How was that number determined?
2) 1,000 people or 1,000 households?
3) Can it be a petition or does it need to be 1,000 separate letters?
4) What information has to be in the letters?

I am hoping that you are like me and check your work emails over the weekend. Ms. Elmore will be meeting with some other residents of the area tomorrow and I would really like to be able to give her that information. Also, thank you for the information that you sent Susan; we have forwarded it to the residents.

(1) In statute the lessor of ten percent or one thousand is in the Water Code.
(2) It is ratepayers, single person per address and person is a single protestor.
(3) A petition can be used with multiple names and addresses with each page identifying they are protecting the rates of the named utility.
(4) The request for hearing should include the rates are unreasonable, name, address and the name of the utility.

---Thank you Lisa for continually providing us with information---
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ThomasFritzinger said Jun 09, 2011 17:51:55
The water rate protest meeting is set for tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Senator Watson, Rep Dukes, and every news agency in the county has been notified. The Sheriff's dept has also been notified. TAMER will have their lawyer present to speak to the issue and the turnout will be good.

Lisa is doing a massive amount of work getting flyers out to the neighborhood and we owe her a debt of thanks. I'm the president of ACHOA, but am also the chair of the Development Committee. I highly recommend your HOA develop such a committee since developments in our area (such as this) greatly impact home values and vacancy rates. Its in the best interest of the HOA to take an active role in such things and I'm willing to help in any way you need.

Thomas
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gbruce1 said Jul 18, 2011 18:42:08
I found this information posted on Austin Colony's Facebook page. This needs to get out to all the residents of Forest Bluff also. As many people as possible need to be there. Someone should post it on the FB Facebook page. I can't post it, I'm not a Facebook member. I use my daughter's when I want to look at something.

PUBLIC SENATE HEARING-YOU ARE INVITED
Water Utilities in Rural Areas

10:00 AM, Thursday, July 28, 2011

...PLACE: E1.016 (Hearing Room)

Subcommittee will discuss bundling of small water & sewer systems by a single investor-owned utility, & consider if any regulatory issues are associated with escalating water rates for Texans who live in unincorporated areas of the state & recommend changes in law if needed.See More
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring --it was peace"--Milan Kundera
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JessiA said Jul 18, 2011 19:19:30
Thank you. I will post it on the front page of our website and on the COHB website.
I will also send out invites and post it on Facebook.
I had the meeting information, but didn't have the room number.

Thank you for providing the information!!!
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AndyViteo said Aug 22, 2011 23:04:46
As a homeowner in the forest bluff neighborhood I have heard through some other people that there are other homeowners who have not signed the water rate increase petition because they think the HOA does not do enough as it is to warrant signing the petition. Is this still a general feeling amongst the affected homeowners? If so is there something the HOA can do to help squash these feeling so that those of us who do not feel this way can maybe see a petition work instead of fall by the wayside.
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