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Bell Buckle Water, what are your thoughts?

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:47 PM

There seems to be a lot of discussion about water rates in-town and out-of-town. Maybe some of you would like to speak your thoughts? Keep it to the issue and not personalities or I the post may be removed.

To make it clear, I live outside the city and therefore pay higher rates. Would I like lower rates? Sure, but I am also very glad to have the city water. Our well turned hard sulfur about 18 years ago and we are not lovers of the sulfur water. It also would make the house much harder to sell if it was dependent on a sulfur well.

From what I saw in the paper, the town could lose $100,000 from the imbalance of the costs to revenue, so the push to make in-town and out-of-town rates equal might not take the turn the out-of-towners want, but it might not please folks in-town either.

If the State says the town should have equal rates, my first thought, in light of the unequal balance of income to expenses would be to raise the in-town rates to equal out-of-town. I have in-town friends who will surely not like my bringing this up, but I am sure it is not a new thought.

The one thing the in-town residents can do that the others can't is vote in town elections, so the current office holders have to take that into consideration. Tough position to be in.


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I'll see if the T-G can add a link at the top of the blog column that says something like "See more blog entries"

If they click blog in the top bar, they would see it but adding another link might help.

Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 17, 2012, at 4:59 PM

Well, the problem is that Times Gazette posts the most updated entry of each blogger on the main page so when you posted a new blog a few hours later then this one moved to your blog page and so people might not have noticed it.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, May 17, 2012, at 8:27 AM

Hmmm jaxspike, are we the only ones on here from the BB water district?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 16, 2012, at 4:49 PM

For some reason I never saw this post on Friday . . .

Unfortunately the town government has handle this fiasco poorly from the beginning and need to be removed. It is sad that Bell Buckle continues to not do right by their water customers. When my water was turning rust color during the original transition, I was told to flush my lines out since they were flushing the main lines at schedule times and they would adjust my account accordingly. So for a month or so I did but a month later they all of a sudden changed their minds and acted as though they never said that. I lost respect for them then and since then they have gotten progressively worse. The rates keep going up but the service continues to be subpar and it angers me that Bedford County Utility customers pay around $20 for water while I almost pay $60 just for one person. I personally hope those individuals who are thinking of suing Bell Buckle actually do and win so for once Bell Buckle will be forced to be held accountable for their actions.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, May 13, 2012, at 10:27 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.