Increasing farm rates undermines regional food security

COMMISSION RECOMMENDS RAISING WATER RATES

Nov 18, 2010

If the Regional Water Supply Commission has their recommendations heeded, water rates will go up next year for residents and farmers right across the region.

Yesterday the Commission recommended an increase of 2 and a half dollars a year to the average household. And also a 1 per cent increase to the Agricultural Rate.

Boosting the farmer’s rates was something commission director Dean Murdock was opposed to.

“Hopefully there will be sympathetic directors on that board that are willing to reconsider the recommendation for the water commission. For a very minimal amount per household, we’re able to provide extraordinary value to the agricultural community.”

He refers to the CRD Board, who now have to ratify the increases for them to go into effect. They’ll likely hear the recommendations next month.