The Rockdale County, GA Water Authority is meeting to discuss their five year forecasting and budget review for 2011 through 2015. They have a consulting company that has been working with them to establish the need for new rates. The current financial structure even after a rate increase in 2009 helped stabilize the entire system, but there are so many needs that current revenue, EPD mandates, and just age of the system are putting on the staff that new creative revenue sources are needed. And lack of leadership at the BOC level to recognize this is the county's number one issue. The County is more concerned with the look of the roads above the suface of the ground. In fact the economic lifeblood of any community are the water, sewer and utilities infrastructure beneath the ground. Without the tools to deliver water to all industrial and commercial areas growth is stopped cold. Taxes then shift to the residential areas and the town slowly begins to die. Rockdale Water and Sewers problems are so great right now that all of SPLOST should go towards it for the next ten years. That would be only half what is needed for the Staff to catch up on making us economically viable. At the end of the meeting we were able to ask the Water Authority how they expected the residents of Rockdale County could expect to handle a large rate increase? It is obvious that since only a few people are paying for a county wide system that the solution are two fold. Sell more water, within the existing customer base, and spread the cost of the system to all Rockdale County Residents who benefit economically from having the best water in GA. Since the water quality keep winning awards for best tasting water, we should have a water company locate here and sell GA's Best Tasting Water to the general public.

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