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(This letter was originally addressed to the board of directors of the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District.)Dear Editor:I recently received your rate increase letter in which the price of water rapidly escalates as the quantity consumed rises. This is not the correct course of action as I will outline below. What it appears to be is a thinly disguised attempt to lower consumption so that it will appear that we have the water to support Base Village.In a town with fewer than 2,000 full-time residents, the water board should be particularly sensitive to these citizens. Many of us live in single-family homes with lawns and gardens to water and pools to fill. The perimeters of our properties should be kept irrigated for fire safety purposes. These uses of water are justified and should not be priced so that just wealthy second home owners can afford them. I have calculated that my water bill will increase over $2,000 annually!A nice lawn and well watered garden or filling the pool is not a waste of water. A waster of water is when faulty toilets or pipes in a condominium leak 24 hours a day, because it is only occupied 30 days a year.If the district feels it needs to raise prices to meet increasing costs, then raise prices across the board. This is just another attempt to place the costs of Base Village upon our community.Be reminded that your electric bill goes up 14 percent on April 1 to pay for the undergrounding of the new lines. Our town council let Intrawest and Skico off the hook by allowing them to only pay for a small portion of the cost. Now you are asking us to subsidize Base Village’s water.Everyone should conserve water by using only the amount necessary. This doesn’t mean we have to have burned-out lawns, withering flowers or an unfilled pool because we aren’t rich enough to pay these rates. Many things in this community can only be enjoyed by the wealthy because of their cost. Now you want to make water one of them.David and Paula CoslettSnowmass Village


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