The Windsor Utilities Commission is investigating the possibility of eliminating the summer water levy. If that happens retirees who head south for the winter will suffer.
The summer levy is a charge applied to all water consumption between May 1 and Oct. 31. The annual revenue generated by the levy is about $1.2 million.
It was implemented years ago to promote water conservation during the summer months when demand for water is highest.
The commission says summer levy charges are difficult for customers to calculate and understand on their water bills. Also the customer billing system has become more complex. The Utilities Commission has more than 70,000 customers and each bill is different so any adjustments or calculation can be complex.
Eliminating the levy would simplify the billing process for customer and the comission.
To make up for the loss of revenue, the recommendation is to raise the water consumption rate.
This could have a negative impact on "snow birds" who relocate over the winter months.
They don’t use water during the winter months since they’re in Florida or elsewhere. When they return the summer levy takes effect. If the water consumption rate is increased due to the elimination of the summer levy their bills could jump by 67 per cent, according to the comission.
The Utilities Commission continues to study the elimination of the levy.