Ann Margolin on Why She Opposes Mary Suhm's Proposed Water Rate Increase
|District 13 council member Ann Margolin|
Dallas Water Utilities
The proposed budget has an increase in water rates of about 4% for two main reasons:
I have no objection to economic development, but believe we must support it within the budget, not by moving money from DWU to the General Fund. More information on DWU and the proposed rate table can be found at thus link. See slide 25 on this PDF for the rate table.
- Replacement of aging water mains.
- PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes): This is a fee assessed to DWU in place of property taxes to be used for economic development. It is, in effect, a property tax on DWU that is paid for ONLY by Dallas residents (not the other municipalities that use DWU).