Toledo Regional Water Agreement
“The bulk water component is a small component, and it`s going to double,” Camp says, “but your total water rate won`t.” The City of Toledo and Lucas Country pay a retail price that includes Toledo`s operating and maintenance costs. Flood uses — organizations that consume more than 1.2 million gallons of water per month — also pay a separate fee. “Our goal has always been for our board to have options to buy quality water for our residents and to be able to ensure that we will not be in a vulnerable position in the future if our water supplier can unilaterally determine what can be calculated,” Carr said. said Joe Camp, Maumee`s director of services, who has been part of the negotiation process for the past four years. Camp was also a member of the Technical Commission, which was part of the regional water negotiation process, which allowed colleagues from all contract municipalities to study the costs of Toledo`s farm water in order to define an appropriate cost-performance formula for each member community. The action took place at an extraordinary Council meeting on 25 September, during which the guides outlined all available water options and found that the Toledo Agreement was the best option for the future. Maumee`s current contract with Toledo expires in 2026. If all member communities approve the new treaty, it would enter into force on 1 January 2020. In addition to Toledo, other municipalities that have signed the agreement will also see an increase in interest rates.
In Maumee, customers could pay about $41 a month. In Perrysburg, it is estimated at $59 per month. For Whitehouse and Fulton County, you probably pay $60 or more a month. Figures may vary depending on other fees added by each municipality. On the wholesale side, Maumee`s rates could perhaps double over the next seven years, but that doesn`t necessarily mean prices will double for consumers. According to Camp, the city strives not to increase its operating and maintenance costs, which is the cost of Maumee`s purchase of toledo water. With the single contract, Toledo owns the investment and remains the debtor for all future debts and debts and has ultimate control of interest rates. The Toledo Regional Water Commission will be composed of a director of public services and a director or commissioner responsible for public services of each of the nine municipalities under contract.
The Commission meets as a public body and determines all adjustments to water prices that will be transmitted for approval to the Toledo City Council. Tariff changes are adopted after 45 days, unless three-quarters of the Toledo City Council votes against it. Water consumer prices in Maumee are likely to rise; However, exact prices can only be determined when all communities have signed the agreement and all data is analyzed in depth, Camp said. “This allowed the experts and the technical committee to determine the cost of providing water, which was decisive for us to be in the position we are in tonight,” Carr said. “You are now paying for the water you consume,” Komives said. “You won`t pay for water you can`t use anymore.” In addition to the Toledo water option, the city of Maumee also looked into the purchase of water from Bowling Green, Aquifer Michindoh and a dedicated facility. Any other option would have been more painful and costly for the city; Having options, however, was the main reason for studying other plans, said Maumee Mayor Richard Carr.