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Notice of Proposed Increase in Fee
In accordance with A.R.S. §9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Show Low City Council will consider increasing the water rights preservation fee on February 6, 2018, but in no event sooner than 60 days after the posting date of this notice.
The current fee is $0.75 per connection per month and is proposed to increase to $1.50 per connection per month.
Background: The water rights preservation fee was established by the Show Low City Council on June 1, 2010, to protect and preserve the water rights of the City of Show Low. The city is an active participant in the Little Colorado River Coalition, which consists of cities, towns, irrigation districts, and other private parties whose goal is to preserve their water rights in the Little Colorado River Adjudication. The coalition has hired attorneys to represent its members in the adjudication. The fee is used to pay the attorneys to represent the City of Show Low as a member of the coalition.
In addition, the city has acquired rights through an agreement with the Show Low-Woodland Irrigation Company in Show Low Lake. Pursuant to that agreement, the city pays attorneys to protect the water rights in Show Low Lake and other waters.
Recently, in the adjudication, the Special Master has set a trial date on the Hopi Tribe’s assertions. This trial is scheduled for 2018. The impending trial has caused fees and costs to increase. The city strongly feels that the users of the water should pay to preserve the rights to that water. An increase of $0.75 in the fee will allow the city to pay the costs in the adjudication and also build the fund to pay future costs in the Hopi Tribe and, later, Navajo Nation trials.
The increased fee will be imposed pursuant to Section 3-4-1 of the Show Low City Code. If passed, the new rate will be effective February 2, 2018.
Amended posting date: November 28, 2017