…Water districts may want to urge conservation through greatly increased water rates, adding an unpleasant, but necessary, new aspect to the inflation problem. In many Utah water districts, the true cost of water is blunted somewhat by property tax subsidies. Some districts rely on this tax base to fund long-term projects. That shouldn’t preclude them from instituting more aggressively tiered rate structures that greatly reduce overconsumption.
At the same time, however, they should take care to protect those who can least afford higher rates, perhaps tying them to property values, as the Utah Foundation suggested in a series of studies in 2019…View Article