This did not
get published. I attended a meeting with regard to the increase
and I followed the BS that was in the papers and I rebutted some of it
in here as well The increase was for the second half of 2006 or
begining of 2007.
with the DPUC’s decision to grant Birmingham Utilities only partial
increase. I feel that part of their
requested increase is based on legitimate facts while the part that was
is based on mismanagement and facts that underscore such.
fact that all costs are rising can not be avoided nor ignored. . Overhead costs, not based on consumer water
consumption, such as salaries and taxes will need to be spread over a
consumption base or the company will run into the red.
to extract, process and deliver a given
amount of water are climbing as well.
particular, I find upsetting. As
Birmingham Utilities upgrades is system, replacing century old pipes,
“value” of the system climbs, thus resulting in higher property taxes. Such costs must and will be passed on to
consumers. Replacing the pipes
guarantees that we’ll have a more dependable system, but it does not
BU’s revenues. A tax based on system
capacity would be fairer to BU and it’s customers as it would be aimed
system growth and not penalize BU’s active commitment to reliable
part of the increase is based on a set of facts that I am glad that the
sees as items that should not be passed onto the customer.
BU president John Tomac states that many
large companies have left the area leading to a reduction in
consumption.. As a resident of The Valley
more than 10
years now and a former Latex Foam employee, Mr. Tomac seems to forget
Latex Foam has not been in BU service territory for more than 5 years
fact that should have been dealt with in 2003.
The loss of Latex Foam from Ansonia
actually has a bigger impact on the Ansonia
sewage treatment department as a good portion of the water used at
from wells on or near the property. Because Latex used the public sewer
the well water was metered for the purpose of sewage billing
Both BU and
Yankee gas complain that conservation has cut into their sales. Yet
many areas in Ansonia and Derby where
neither utility’s pipes do not go.
Thus both have the ability to expand its customer base as to maintain
scenes, the utility industry is highly competitive.
people only see the Cable TV and Phone
companies compete for high speed Internet connections.
Gas and United Illuminating each
compete in The Valley for hot water heating, cooking and clothes drying
customers. Oil companies join the
competition for The Valley’s furnaces.
In homes where BU does not supply the water, wells with electric
add to UI’s base consumption load. Without
a presence of a particular utility, homeowners have fewer options when
appliances that best suits their needs.
demanding a minimum revenue level from its customer base immediately,
management of BU is hurting itself in the long run.
industries will not want to come to an
area where conservation will be punished by high rate increases, thus
loose future business opportunities.
More of BU’s customers will choose to spend a little more money,
investing in efficient appliances as to reduce future consumption costs.
Valley needs is cooperation between the local governments, developers
utility companies as to offer more choices to all homeowners and
businesses. Such cooperation would allow
Utilities and Yankee Gas to expand their service territories in a more
effective manner while reducing demand on an already strained UI
and water table.