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When all the CFPUA projects are finished and paid for with rate increases, will we see rates drop back down?

Work continues on the CFPUA 3rd Street improvment project Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Photo by Mike Spencer

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When all the CFPUA projects are finished and paid for with rate increases, will we see rates drop back down since the extra  money will no longer be needed. Or will rates stay high since the CFPUA will think the public will be used to the high rates or will the money just go into the CFPUA coffers to give raises and bonuses to the CFPUA leaders as a pat on the back for their great job.

And the answer:

Rates for Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers are unlikely to decrease in the near future, according to Carey Disney Ricks, a spokeswoman for the authority.

“As our system ages, we will see more need for repair and replacement projects,” Ricks said via email. “It may be extremely difficult to define the necessary time and associated costs to ‘finish all the CFPUA projects’ in such a dynamic system. There were hundreds of millions of dollars in critical projects identified long before the formation of CFPUA and our only revenue source to fund these projects is through user fees and rates.”

Ricks added that since the formation of the authority, most CFPUA employees have not received pay, merit or cost-of-living raises or bonuses. The exception, she said, is “those individuals whose positions were reclassified and the additional duties warranted a pay increase, or those that applied for and were promoted to another position within the Authority that paid more.”

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One Response to “ When all the CFPUA projects are finished and paid for with rate increases, will we see rates drop back down?”

  1. On April 4, 2012 at 5:52 am jim parker wrote:

    I wish some one in any political or government position could just answer a question, I saw no answer to if rates would go down in the near or far future when projects are finished just a run around which means there will never be a rate decrease just more excuses to keep rates where they are or go higher, and I am sure that eventually pockets will be lined with extra money and the public will just be told they deserve it and to stop complaining since there is no over sight to what CPFUA can do.



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