Boulder City Magazine® December '08/January '09 Issue
by Roger Tobler
Boulder City Mayor
Boulder City's Assets
Since the City’s incorporation in 1960, Boulder City residents have enjoyed high levels of public service at very reasonable costs. There are many factors that contribute to our high quality of life. One of the City’s most precious assets is its allocation of hydroelectric power from Hoover Dam, and the City’s ability to act as its own electric utility provider.
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|Because hydroelectric power is significantly less costly than coal or natural gas generated electricity, our residents have enjoyed electric power rates that are at least 50% less than other Southern Nevada residents.
Boulder City has another very important asset, its land. Boulder City is over 200 square miles in size, the largest city, geographically speaking, in Nevada. When the federal government turned Boulder City over to its citizens, it also granted title to all of the land within 25 square miles that had not been placed into private ownership. It is very unusual for a city to have such large land holdings. Boulder City land has provided an income stream that has funded operating expenses and capital projects that normally would be paid through rate increases and/or taxes.
Additionally, Boulder City has a huge asset in an allocation of water that was granted the City by the federal government. Although Boulder City has joined Southern Nevada Water Authority as a purveyor member and shares its unused water allocation with the remainder of the Las Vegas Valley, Boulder City’s right to its allocation of water remains intact.
Even with these assets, Boulder City will have a difficult time continuing to provide the high levels of services it provides today without rate increases due to increasing costs. It is certain that as contracts for wholesale electric power are renegotiated, the City’s cost (hence the cost to its customers) will increase. Expensive capital projects, such as the third intake, which protects the City’s water supply, will result in higher water rates to our residents. In addition to the cost of the supplies increasing, labor costs continue to rise.
The good news is that Boulder City’s assets afford it tremendous opportunities which can help support the quality of life we all enjoy today.
Visit Roger at http://www.bcnv.org/CityCouncil/Tobler.asp.
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