The Southern Nevada Water Authority on Thursday faced criticism about transparency once again as board members delayed action on a water charge increase that even seemed to catch them by surprise.
Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy insisted the increase in the wholesale delivery charge was routine and would not result in higher bills to customers. But she took heat from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and others for offering too little information and no opportunity for meaningful public input before the matter came up for a vote.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- It’s getting more expensive to deliver water and treat it, especially as Lake Mead levels continue to drop. That’s why Southern Nevada Water Authority will be charging local water utilities about $4.5 million.
The board wanted to learn more about the wholesale water charges so a vote was put off until next month’s SNWA board meeting.
But SNWA General Manager Pat Mulroy didn’t mince words when she addressed the board about the situation.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is considering raising rates for municipalities. Some are concerned the cost would be passed on to consumers. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce weighs in on the issue.
Kristin McMillan, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, will be working at a local McDonald's to give Southern Nevada students a well-deserved break. On Friday, April 5, Kristin will volunteer as part of the 3rd Annual "Green for Grads" event to raise money for scholarships to help Southern Nevada students.
The Nevada System of Higher Education is proposing a new formula to fund higher education in the state. The method by which we fund our universities and colleges means a great deal for job creation, economic development and the long-term future of Southern Nevada.
Our economy depends on higher education to produce the workforce, the research and the innovation it needs to thrive. We need to have a full, honest, fact-based conversation during the 2013 Legislature about the best way to achieve these goals.
Today, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that an initiative petition to enact a “margin” tax on business is eligible to move forward. The state legislature now has 40 days from the start of the session next week to pass the proposal. If they do not, it will be on the ballot in 2014 for voters to decide.