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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new year will mean more money on your Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Bill. But is an increase worth it or just money down the drain?

The CFPUA Board today discussed how to apply a five-percent increase to fees for water and sewer services. That would average out to about six dollars more on your bi-monthly bill.

The board discussed the increase at today’s meeting, but it will not be applied to bills until July. Members say the increase is to pay for projects in Wilmington that were part of the 2012 budget, like the 3rd Street Improvement Project.

Although many customers have complained about rate increases, no one signed up to speak at today’s public hearing. CFPUA Board members say the lack of opposition makes them feel like they’re on the right track.

“That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job, and they understand that the rate increases that we’ve had to implement were something that was needed and not something that came from a whim by this board,” CFPUA Board member and Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark says he knows not everyone is pleased with the increase, but those people do not usually show up to voice their opinion to the board.


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  • Fed Up!

    There are focus such as myself may not herd about the meeting. Sometimes flyers, newspapers and public announce need to come to play. Most of the time is seems as though these organization pray that service receivers never show up. The city water and electricity have sent many to the poor house and no one seems to care. No one has invited their attention to the fact that the Natural Gas Company charge an extra $10.00 per month because they can; when the reason for this charge, they at the raleigh city hung up and refuse to give me, the customer a response…; what are going to do about this? The employment situaticn is deplorable when poor blacks concern and education or willingness to address various concerns becomes an in the box for those individuals. It is scary to be located in a city who cares nothing for despite the fact you are willing to work hard to pay your on way, yet willing to sacrfice for others in need. I can believe I have suffered the disappointsments and let downs from those who new my capabilities, drive, determination and sacrifice for my family and others, yet I have become a mockery in their eyes and not a person the feel deserve any type of assistance. I have continued despite effort underwent trails of homelessness and yet, you still can’t recieve any type of help. So why should the city and the state continue to allow these companies drain sigle families and and others with ill income to the streets? For what is a man that gain the world and looses his soul. When will people as an individual be respected and rejected due color, income, and promince. When will we ask for the voice and views of the commen folks? The we allow companies to enter into the city with high cost for services or goods, the economy will continue to backslide and adevtually deplete. For the consumers are the commen folks with fixed income. As a result: the city will continue to be hit with high cost of homelessness with less chance of revenue or residual replacing spenitures. These shelters that fraud the city and government with costly chargers to live there. $56.00 give or take is extremly to much for a hommeless person with limited to no income to pay; but if you don’t, they have no problem kicking you out… what are going to do about this? The food they serve is like something you would feed your dogs: it’s old, very old without any thought of it being served from the heart. Case Manager who only wants to know your business has never made any advocacy on our part for housing, place of employment mainly if you are black. they show favortism men verse the women with men having opportunity of gaining monies for survival;could care less about the single parent who has children..and I can go on and on. Like when we going to make these employers accountable for how they some of us for example: company’s who have a potiental employee on hold(that’s after they stated they were hiring you)and they never call you back and when you finally reach them, they smirk through phone and say,”OH, we are not going to hire right now, this after you have jumped through hoops to gain the position, and delivered all documents they’ve asked you to give…just to find out they were being very mean; how does these compay expects many of its customers to pay their bills without falling short. Wilmington, N.C. Has really disappointed inmore ways than one. It was a time when I’d lived in other states Iwould bragg about the natured folks today, I’m definitely not sure any more!

  • Guest Reply

    A 5% pay cut for the big money making CEO’s will fix it…I promise you!

  • Carey Disney Ricks

    1. CFPUA did not discuss if or how to use the additional 5% of funds. The 5% was decided last year as needed revenue to cover a bond sale vetted and voted on last year. What was discussed was how to apply the rate increase within the rate structure; would the volume charges go up, would the fixed costs go up, would there be any changes to the tier structure itself etc. What was decided was to apply the 5% to the fixed water cost and to the sewer volume. Again, this is a rate increase voted on, publicized, reported on etc last year that has not yet gone into effect ut is now being talked about because it has an impact on next fiscal year’s budget.
    2. ALL CFPUA rate increases (this 5% will make the 4th) have gone to fund projects inherited from the City and County, or those discovered by CFPUA as critical. Each year CFPUA employees have cut the operating budget by more than $15M.

  • Brian

    Wait, they want to raise rates but they don’t know where they want to use the extra cash? If they don’t already know where the funds are needed, then I say that they don’t need to raise rates. I’d have been at the meeting to speak if I knew that the meeting was going to take place.

  • Guest234234

    Congratulations on scheduling a meeting in the middle of the day when people don’t attend meetings then patting yourself on the back because no one disagrees with you. Even our errant commissioners schedule their meetings in the evenings so people can attend. Ha! You must be so proud.

  • Guest123456

    You don’t listen, so what’s the point? I was raised to not spend money if you don’t have it, apparently you were not. If only you realized how dumb it is to charge people a $25 basic customer fee then $6 for two months of water use. Can’t you take a hint? We’re cutting back to keep from paying you more for a service not provided. When people leave NHC because they can’t afford the charges for the services, who will fund your projects then? It sure makes more sense to scale back projects and build your customer base before you commit more funds than what you have. There’s lots of opposition – people are just choosing to show it in ways other than by wasting time arguing with you when you don’t listen.

  • guesty

    From the story: “That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job,….”

    No, it means we are smart enough to know it would be a complete waste of time to talk to you blockheads. Just like city council, you will do as you please and screw anybody that doesn’t like it.

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