Baldwin County Water Board Seeks to Increase Water Prices Again | Baldwin County Alabama News
FORT SPANISH, ALA (WALA) – At a Fort Water Spanish board meeting on Tuesday night, frustration boils and it all has to do with the cost of H2O.
“We are the second highest rate among the 50 systems in the region,” said Jennifer Tobin, a longtime resident of Spanish Fort.
Spanish Fort Water proposes to make it even more expensive. They plan to increase rates by 15 cents per thousand gallons used, which Tobin is opposed to.
“If you haven’t lived here for a long time, you haven’t realized that we’ve been fighting for years,” she said. “Our rates are where they are because they have increased us so much.”
Tuesday night’s meeting brought together more than two dozen residents. Board members say the increase is intended to create a contingency fund to be able to settle an ongoing lawsuit with MAWSS which provides much of the water for the system.
Tobin believes part of the problem stems from a water board building for around $ 800,000.
“Why did you spend this money, one lady said, she said why are you going to spend this kind of money,” Tobin said. “I mean, it’s the budget, it’s the house budget. Go out and pay $ 500,000 for a house when you know you have huge bills and can’t afford it? “
The water system says it only passes on the cost of water billed to it by MAWSS. This new rate increase was tabled by 3 votes to 2.
He is expected to return to the meeting next month.
Tobin hopes the rate hike will fail.
“It won’t be the last time, it’s 15 cents now, but it will be later I promise, it’s happened too often at Spanish Fort,” she said.
The Spanish board of Fort Water made no comment after the meeting.
MAWSS also declined to comment.
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