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Editorial: The rate increase for water. We'll gladly pay it.

Pennies a day for us and most customers. It's an investment in Our Future

By Ed Waggener

Wow! It looks as though the brouhaha over the rate increase by the Columbia/Adair Utilities District has fizzled its way out - and hopefully out of the history books.

Marshall Loy summed it up best: How can you criticize, especially in public, an organization which is providing an essential service so well, which is growing and providing jobs, which has never asked for or taken a single dime of Adair County Fiscal Court money, has never defaulted on a payment, is solvent, has assets far exceeding its liabilities, which has a leader like Lenny Stone, and which is overseen and has always been overseen, by blue ribbon boards?

That's a paraphrase of what he said. Mr. Loy has, perhaps, more knowledge of the district than anyone in the county. From what I've observed of its operation and the board's proceedings, I totally agree.

And the real clincher, he said, was that rates in Columbia/Adair County are not only competitive, but well below those in so many other Utility Districts.

Adair Fiscal Court has been right to get feedback from the taxing districts. For the most part, it has gone well. So long as they are not conducted with a goal of "gotcha's."

It's okay to complain. It's okay to listen to complaints. But public officials should not let petty carping set public policy. They need to take a long term approach.

Dan Phillip's position that we don't know how to treat our heroes was proven, briefly, in the ganging up on the water company.

Sometimes we miss the point:
It's NOT: Find Somebody Doing Something Right and Pile On.

It's Find Somebody Doing Something Right and Tell Them About It.
We've got heroes: Dakota Meyer. The Adair County Road Department. The Adair County Ambulance Service. All those who are willing to serve the community by serving on Boards. And, standout heroes: The Columbia/Adair County Utility Board and the men and women who work daily for this great organization.

Editorial writers love to appear heroic. This is no such thing. From the word we hear on the streets this is just a statement of what the majority think. The responsible majority of Adair Countians already know what an incredible asset the Columbia/Adair County Utilities District is, how much it means to us now, what an important role it will pay in the future.

I'll take the clean water and the progress: I'll happily pay our Columbia/Adair County water bill increase - for me about 3 cups of coffee with standard tips for a whole month.

We enjoy clean potable water coming from one of the best managed utilities in America.

Thanks. Columbia/Adair Utilities District. -ED WAGGENER

This story was posted on 2012-01-14 07:42:53
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