The city of Winder makes enough profit from its water sales each year to operate its government.
But Barrow County’s government is losing thousands of dollars annually because it is selling water wholesale to Winder, Auburn, Braselton, Statham and the Barrow County Water Authority for about half of what the water costs the county.
In a presentation Tuesday night, water department director Myron Garrett told the Barrow County Board of Commissioners that he learned about the problem after former operations chief Keith Lee resigned in February and he was given the responsibility for developing a budget for wholesale operations for FY2010.
He said the county is charging Winder, Auburn, Braselton and the BCWA $1.60 per 1,000 gallons of water, but the county’s cost is more than $3.
For the complete story, see the August 12 issue of the Barrow Journal.
Another gift from the Garrison administration. Maybe DuWayne can help us rationalize how this was not Doug's fault. If the county's charter is for the chairman to be the CEO ...sounds like the CEO did not know what was going on.
This really blew my mind - Let's buy water for 2.50 but sale it for 1.6, oh and let's make the contract good for 10 years.
And the best part of all this -- the contracts are written for MORE water than we are allotted so once we take all we can from Bear Creek, we have to start buying it back from the very people we just sold it too -- AT A HIGHER PRICE THAN WE ORIGINALLY PAID FOR IT.
Who the H*** wrote this contract?
This is what we have to offer in the way of leadership. Did the person who signed off on this even make it to middle school?
And they wonder why they can't balance a budget?????