copyright the Chronicle May 4, 2016
by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — At their meeting Monday city council members heard and adopted the recommendations of the water committee they appointed last year.
Last year in May the council set up a study group to investigate ways to get all homes in the city fitted with water meters. Proponents of the idea had long argued for charging city residents for the actual amount of water they use, rather than charging a set quarterly fee regardless of usage.
Doing so would encourage conservation, they said, and make sure that everyone on the city system pays a fair share of its cost.
The issue has long been contentious, and in a citywide advisory vote in 2011 Newport residents turned a metering proposal down by a two-to-one margin.
The committee’s recommendations gave those who choose to have meters installed in their homes some economic incentive to do so, but stopped well short of taking any concrete measures to cut into the 1,100 or so homes that pay a flat rate for water.
Instead, the group proposed basing rates on what it called an equivalent unit. That unit…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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