Most of you remember, and many were involved in, the lengthy, complicated, and contentious fight we had with our water co., Inverness Utility/SWWC, two years ago. You may also remember that one thing which came as a shock to many of us was the problematic current regulatory structure, which gave unfair advantages at every turn to the utility co.
The good news is that in the current legislative session there are bills proposed which would even the playing field and give us a better chance in future battles with our utility when it next seeks to increase its rates. Copied below is a recent e-mail from Orville Bevel of TAMER, the grassroots organization which has led the fight against the private water companies from the beginning, which lists these bills along with some brief commentary. In order to keep this e-mail smaller, instead of attaching the texts, here are links where the full text of each bill can be found:
Mr. Bevel asks that we get on board and contact our State Representative and State Senator and ask for their support of these bills. He requests phone calls and letters, but if all else fails, please send an e-mail. Attached herein are sample letters to Sen. Troy Fraser and Rep. Paul Workman which you can use as a starting point. Feel free to change, adapt, lengthen, etc., these as you see fit, but please send your thoughts in some way to these gentlemen. During the last “water war”, Rep. Workman was quite interested and helpful, but it is important to let him, and Sen. Fraser, know how crucial it is to pass some strong legislation in this area.
Finally, please let the BOD know after you make your call, send your letter, or submit an e-mail. You can simply respond to this e-mail with a quick note. We’d like to have an idea how many contacts are made.
Rep. Workman letter
Sen. Fraser letter