I never thought I would see this day! I have lived on this earth 76-plus years and I experienced something today that has blown my mind. We received our bill from city of Ada utilities and discovered that we are now paying more for sewage than we are for clean, pure drinking water. We love Ada and live here because we like it, not because it is where we were born or have family here that we need to be close.
We have endured paying the highest prices for gasoline than any of the surrounding areas. We endure almost the highest rate of sales tax (I think we might be #7) of cities our size. But now we are expected to pay more for sewage than clean water. Evidently, our rates were raised about 30 percent. When we moved here 20 years ago, we asked about the $9 line charge on our sewer bill. Nobody could explain the accountability of where this money went or if that fund would ever reach its goal. Granted that we live out of the city limits. Do the people pay this much that live inside the city limits?
During this winter month when we are not watering our lawn, etc., our water/sewer/garbage bill was about $120. Think what it will be during the summer, when we try to have green grass and flowers. At this rate, think what this is doing to those on fixed incomes, who, by the way, did not get a COLA increase this year. Yet, the city raised the sewer rates by 30 percent.
Where does it end?
Editor's Note: In August, The Ada News reported that the city would raise its utility rates over a five-year span to finance an overhaul of the water supply system. The increase is reflected in this month's utility bills.As of Oct. 1, the base charge for water for residential and commercial customers within the city limits rose to $16.90 for the first 200 cubic feet of water used and $3.27 for every 100 cubic feet after that. In January 2017, the base charges will rise to $20.30 and $3.92, respectively. Those rates will remain in effect until January 2020, when they will increase to $20.70 and $4, respectively. Sewer and garbage rates inside and outside city limits will adjust incrementally in a different pattern over the next five years to minimize the affect on customers, according to city officials.