Florence council complains to EPCOR of potential rate increase

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents landowners and homebuilders working with the ACC and ADEQ to solve water and sewer utility issues in the San Tan Valley area.)

FLORENCE — EPCOR spokesmen said customer satisfaction is markedly higher since their company took over operation of the former Johnson Utilities, but Town Council members complained of continuing odors and an upcoming rate increase.

The average water and wastewater customer would see a monthly increase of $13 if the rate case is approved toward the end of the year.

Councilman John Anderson told EPCOR representatives Monday that “it doesn’t seem right” that customers in Florence Anthem must pay to help fix sewer problems in Magic Ranch and San Tan Valley. “Can we have separate rates for Anthem?”

Mayor Tara Walter agreed, “I feel the undue burden on our residents to fix the infrastructure as a whole is something that is frankly just not fair.” The problem infrastructure EPCOR is dealing with was approved by Pinal County. The town prepared better for growth, installed the proper infrastructure and built it to a higher standard, she said.


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