Summer Resident Turned Off By Opheim Water Fee
Beset with problems with the water system and the financial burden associated with the costs to make needed repairs, the Opheim Town Council, on Nov. 11, 2013, ordered that the base rate for water (no charge for amount of water used) be increased from $50 to $60 per month, or 20 percent. This is entirely reasonable as users should expect to pay for any services provided for their benefit.
However, included in this same order was a provision that the turn-on fee be increased from $50 to $125 and the turn-off fee be increased from zero to $125. Together these two fees amount to a...