SAWS Board Reconsiders Water Rates Decision

When the Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board met last month they only had four of the six members of the board present. With only 4 members of the SAWS Board voting, all would have to be in agreement to take any action. The proposed SAWS rate decrease was defeated in a 3 to 1 vote with the lone opposing vote coming from County Commissioner Tom Ringley.

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey attempted to get the board to reconsider its decision at last night’s SAWS meeting. Many SAWS water customers are angry about the current high rate structure for high volume users. Customer Charlene Bodine…

The Board voted to reduce rates just for customers with tap sizes less than 2 inches on a 4 to 1 vote. The reduced rates will still be substantially higher than those customers were paying two years ago.

SAWS Administrator Dave Engels informed the board that staff is still working on amendments to the system rules that would clarify the infrastructure ownership and future expansion guidelines.

The next SAWS Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 12th.

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