Members of the water committee, which I serve on, met with Michael Carballa, the successor to Flip Mellinger, several months ago to discuss the options the county was considering to take over the water system from FGUA and move us all to the county water system. The options previously submitted by the county were not acceptable as they provided no or very minimal rate reductions. The county was going to come up with alternate proposals, but the City of New Port Richey had also expressed interest in taking over the water system, and the county wanted to wait until the city presented their proposal before taking any further steps. I have been communicating with Mr. Carballa over the progress being made by the city, and received the following email on July 5:
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I received this from the City of New Port Richey this morning:
“We had our final draft meeting with the consultant last week and I sent them over updated numbers for the FGUA system Monday July 2nd. I would expect them to follow up with us next week so we can work out the Council presentation date. I will update you as soon as I get it.”
So as soon as a proposal is ready for the city to evaluate, we will follow up with that, and also take the next steps to keep the county moving forward on coming up with an acceptable proposal to move us from FGUA.