To the Editor:
We received a letter from Fairmont City Hall on Oct. 9, informing us the city was placing a restriction on our water usage due to the drought, and that we needed to reduce consumption.
Now, just one month later, we are informed that this reduction, called for in this letter, is not generating enough revenue for the water plant. What did they expect was going to happen when people were asked to use less? They should have known this reduction in usage would have resulted in smaller bills.
What I fail to understand is, if we reduced our usage why does the city want to increase the rate? This kind of knee-jerk reaction to this temporary one-month billing crisis should have been expected.
Rather than increasing the rate, it has been suggested to me that a one-time charge for the shortage would be more acceptable. Take the shortage and bill each household for the amount needed, one time, end of problem.
We all know that a rate increase will never go away, it's simply a way to increase rates forever. We are still paying for increases that have long since been capitalized and never removed.