Foothills homeowner blasts Supervisor Clark for supporting Far West rate hike
Story by 13 On Your Side Newsroom
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Yuma County Board of Supervisors' Russ Clark is coming under intense criticism from some of the folks in his district.
They are not happy with the way he has handled the long-standing problems with Far West Water and Sewer Company.
Clark tells 13 On Your Side he is trying to be fair and neutral to all stakeholders.
But residents are saying they feel Clark is not representing the best interests of his constituency.
They say they are tired of having to pay for someone else's mistakes.
"We're tired of being middle class citizens having to bail somebody out," said Lindsey Carter, a Far West customer.
Carter says she read a letter written by Yuma County Supervisor Russ Clark that said he was in support of the rate increase for the failing water company.
"I was disgusted by it," Carter said.
Clark sent the letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission and says he is being neutral.
But Carter says she thinks Clark is on the wrong side of this issue.
"He's not even fighting for us as owners," Carter said.
When asked what his response was to customers who are upset, Clark said he was disappointed. "I did my best to make sure that I understood the operational capacity of these facilities. And they're all operating well."
Over the years, Far West has mismanaged itself into a financial crisis, and its level of service and infrastructure has fallen well below the standard.
Homeowners like Carter are wondering if things will ever get any better.
Under the terms of the corporation commission, Far West has to meet all standards set before them at their hearing before any rate increase takes effect.
13 On Your Side will continue following this story and will keep you posted on what happens.
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