Presently, only 15% of true costs covered
By Ian Thomas, 4th Ward Columbia City Councilman
COLUMBIA, Mo 10/21/14 (Op Ed) --
Several areas of Columbia are suffering basement back-ups and sewage overflows, as a result of inflow and infiltration of storm water into the sewer system. At the same time, there is an enormous backlog of maintenance projects, with some neighborhoods being told they will have to wait as many as seven years for relief.
And then there are the questions of how to bill equitably for apartment complexes and commercial buildings that have master meters, and how high the connection fee should be.
It's all part of the ongoing debate over infrastructure, who should pay what, how much, and what's fair.
Columbia's population is growing at 2.5%, adding 3,000 new citizens every year. ...