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NID Raw Water Rate Hikes Ahead

Rates may soon take a substantial jump for some five-thousand raw water customers in the Nevada Irrigation District. That’s mainly agriculture and irrigation customers. In presenting a new cost of services report to the Board of Directors, consultant Alex Handlers says rate revenue continues to lag behind operating expenses. He mentioned that around 13-million dollars in hydroelectric revenue will be needed this year to help close that gap…

click to listen to Alex Handlers

The report says raw water customers rates would have to rise as much as 46-percent to cover the district’s cost of service. As for the 26-thousand treated water customers, NID Board Director Nick Wilcox says their rates nearly cover district expenses and rates will not be going up…

click to listen to Nick Wilcox

A treated water rate increase was approved last year of 18-percent over three years. Meanwhile, Board President Ricki Heck is hesitant to take any action before a closer look is taken at the budget and possible cuts there…

click to listen to Ricki Heck

Heck wants that to be done, simultaneously with a rate analysis study that will be done. The board has not voted on that proposal yet.

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