Southern Delivery System: Colorado Springs Utilities pitches rate hike to city council

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From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Eileen Welsome):

Colorado Springs Utilities presented a formal rate case to the City Council Tuesday, asking for two consecutive rate hikes of 12 percent each that would go into effect in 2011 and 2012 and would be used to begin construction on the $1.2 billion Southern Delivery System. Jerry Forte, chief executive officer of the municipal utility, said the pipeline is needed not only to ensure a water supply for future customers, but also to create hundreds of jobs. “It’ll be an economic boost to the region,” he said.

Meanwhile Colorado Springs Utilities is spreading the word about the jobs side of the project to El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties. Here’s a report from Pam Zubeck writing for the Colorado Springs Independent. From the article:

And Utilities wants contractors and businesses to know how to get a piece of the action, compliments of its ratepayers, which will see rates swell by 12 percent per year from 2011 through 2016. So, the city has set up workshops in El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties to spread information about how to bid on the massive pipeline project that will bring about 70 million gallons a day to Colorado Springs, increasing the city’s water supply by a third…

All meetings are from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dates and locations:

Colorado Springs: May 6, Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway, Pikes Peak Room

Pueblo: May 10, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave.

Canon City: May 13, Pueblo Community College, Fremont Campus – 51320 W. Hwy 50

More Southern Delivery System coverage here and here.

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