CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The private, non-profit Bonita Springs Utility (BSU) is admitting a paperwork error on its proposed budget for the coming year. Some customers are saying: they want money back from the Utility. It says: That cannot happen.
"It was a mistake, a human error. We recognized it, and corrected it," said Fred Partin, director of the utility.
The paperwork said the BSU was budgeting 12-million dollars for capital improvements. The figure should have been 6.5 million. The utility says it will set aside the remaining 5.5 million for future expansion.
But some customers who noticed the error, are demanding a rate decrease or a special dividence. "We deserve the money back. If they have that much extra money they can just put into reserves, the rate payers deserve a cut in rates or a check as a dividenc," said Ron Pure, a customer of BSU and leader of the Taxpayer Action Group.
Partin says, a cut cannot occur. "Those monies are dedicated for capital projects. We cannot just move them into operating expenses. People should be pleased that we have so much in reserves, we are in a good position for future expansion," Partin told WINK News.
Customer Terry Davis wants some money back. "Future expansion? You've got to be kidding. This economy is not going to grow hardly at all for years! I would like them not to hold on to my money!," he told WINK.
The Bonita Springs Utility is not owned by the city of Bonita Springs. It serves 40,000 customers in Bonita and Estero.