Tab for the tap

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM.

On fundamental terms, that is wrong and places a burden on households, in a difficult economy, that are the result of others playing that risk/reward contest and losing.

The NWFWMD is already calling much of the shots on the scope of the water study to be undertaken for some eight months and the district should be the one picking up the costs.

In addition, the county legislative delegation should get involved and correct the disparity in how water management districts are funded and place the one servicing Northwest Florida on equal funding footing as the others.

But most importantly, a higher power, so to speak, has to step in and relieve the pressure. The city is going broke. The Board of County Commissioners has been counter-productive. The experts the city relied on risked and the city paid the cost.

The tab on the water has long ago reached the breaking point for far too many in a town desperate for economic growth.

Placing additional burden – and as one commissioner pointed out this water study could well lead to more costs – on end users is placing the responsibility for the risk/reward equation evident in this water plant on the wrong parties.

Time for those who assumed the risks for the city and its utility users to start picking up the tab.

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