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Oppose Reconsolidation with the Agua Fria Wastewaster District

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The undersigned residents of the Anthem community implore the Arizona Corporation Commission to reject the reconsolidation of the Anthem Wastewater District and the Agua Fria Wastewater District. In 2012 the Commission determined that consolidation of these two geographically remote and separate districts that do not share treatment facilities was “completely arbitrary” and did not result in wastewater rates for Anthem customers that were just and reasonable as required by Arizona law.The Commission also stated that it was in the public interest to deconsolidate Anthem from the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District, “in order to preserve the integrity of settlement negotiations that occur in Commission proceedings.” These thoughtful and fair conclusions, which considered all effects of deconsolidation including elevated rates for Agua Fria wastewater users, remain true today.Not one fact has changed.Not one new fact has come to light.

No Agua Fria petitioner has proposed reconsolidation of the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District.Sun City West is adjacent to Corte Bella, shares treatment facilities, and has approximately 15,000 customers to share wastewater costs.Sun City West residents, who enjoy among the lowest water and wastewater rates in the State, unfairly pay significantly less than Corte Bella residents for the same service from the same facility. A consolidation with Sun City West would seem a fair and reasonable solution for elevated Agua Fria wastewater rates.On the contrary, reconsolidating Anthem back into the Agua Fria Wastewater District would cause the roughly 8,600 Anthem residents, who already pay among the highest combined water and wastewater rates in the State, to pay $2.4 million annual subsidy for costs undisputedly related to Agua Fria’s geographically remote wastewater treatment facilities that we do not now and will not ever use. Reconsolidation of the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District is clearly not the right solution for Anthem or Agua Fria.

For the reasons stated above, the undersigned will vigorously and publicly oppose any effort by the Commission to reconsolidate the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District.

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