SUMMARY OF "PUBLIC BENEFIT" DISCUSSION
On Friday January 3, 1997, Phil Parsons, Casey Gluckman,
Steve Walker and John Whele discussed further the issue of
whether there could be sound public policy reasons to provide
"external" funding for water supply development consistent with
the general position that water supply development should be
funded by the user beneficiaries.
We concluded that there were several areas of the State
evidencing similar problems of water shortages involving more
than one local jurisdiction. In many instances these shortages
create conflicting demands between existing users and the
environment and the potential to create competing uses among
existing and future users. In these instances it may be very
difficult for the local interests to form a consensus on needed
water supply funding and external funding may be helpful to
assist in creating a consensus and facilitate inter-governmental
cooperation and planning.
The group also recognized that there will be limited
external funding available and that state or regional funds will
never be adequate to solve all problems. This requires adoption
of state policy by the legislature or by the administratioDrso
that these limited funds will be used consistently and for the
greatest statewide benefit.
The group did not attempt development of a complete policy
statement but identified several criteria that could be
considered in developing a policy. These criteria include:
1. Incentives to develop innovative technology
2. Assistance when existing uses are cut back to
achieve environmental needs
3. Assistance to provide affordable solutions
4. Avoidance of competing uses caused by growth
The group also concluded that the policy should include
limiting conditions required to qualify for external assistance.
Limiting conditions could include:
1. The area is maximizing re-use and conservation
2. All water utility revenue is now allocated to the
water supply needs.
3. Rate levels are above the statewide average
4. Residential and other use levels are below the
This is not a complete development of a recommendation but a
start towards identifying a need for policy development at the