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Fremont Reservoir fleeces customers

Register • Apr 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Excerpt: Water customers will be paying for the mistakes for decades. 

"We anticipate that this will cause an increase in rates beginning in January 2014," said Fremont Mayor Jim Ellis, who did not oversee the project or take office until January 2012, after the snags and snafus that led to more than $46 million in cost overruns were set. 

We're not sure there's anything Fremont water customers can do to offset the anticipated rate increases except express their outrage.

Cost overruns are not uncommon in private industry or for government projects. 

But a five-fold cost overrun — from $8.6 to $45 million — is unusual even in most worst-case scenarios. 

If the city government hasn't already reviewed this to identify where the breakdown occurred that would allow this to happen, the next big project is likely to have similar result. And if residents don't demand accountability, nobody, likely, will be held accountable. 

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