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speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

Alana, you should be very happy today

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Posted : January 30, 2017 10:50 am
stjohnjulie
(@stjohnjulie)
Prominent Member

St. John is out too. Anyone know why? Or does this have to do with the 'rolling blackouts' that I read about on the Source this morning? WAPA Source article

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Posted : January 30, 2017 10:56 am
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

I am.
A few of my friends have mentioned that there have been more than one outage this week. Glad I left the generator off before I left.
No sense wasting fuel as tenants don't move in until the 1st.

Then I saw this in STT Source this morning:
WAPA: Action by PSC Could Force Rolling Blackouts, Higher Rates Soon
http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2017/01/29/wapa-action-psc-could-force-rolling-blackouts-higher-rates-soon

Deeply troubling.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 11:00 am
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
Noble Member

What about the .14 cent tax we've all been paying since 2012?

The tax that was supposed to go towards the purchase of new generators?

If you do the math, let's say one person uses 50 gallons a week, x 4 weeks = 200 gallons a month x 12 months = 2400 gallons a year

The .14 tax on 2400 gallons = $336/year x 5 years of the tax = $1680 per person

Multiply $1680 per person x 50,000 drivers across the territory, and you get $84 million dollars!

And the actual figure is probably much higher when you factor in all the tourist driving.

So where has that $84 million + gone??????? Seriously.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 1:27 pm
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Island Expert

Your math is way off.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 4:52 pm
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
Noble Member

Would you point out the mistake?

I could also calculate it this way
50 gallons /week x 52 = 2600 gallons per year
x 5 years = 13,000 gallons x .14 tax = $1820 tax for one person
x 50,000 people = $91 million

Of course not everyone uses 50 gallons in a week so this is just an estimate.

Your math is way off.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 5:53 pm
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Island Expert

Your assumptions are too generous.

You are assuming 50 gal per week per car. That is huge for the small island. I drive every day to work, marina, shopping, HD etc and average 15 gal a month.

You assume 50,000 cars doing that kind of mileage. We only have population of 100K. Let's say 25,000 families. One car per household.

Decide your projections by the factor of 10 and you will be in the ball park.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 8:31 pm
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
Noble Member

I know lots of people who fill up every week, and some people drive between Fsted and Csted every day. Plus some older vehicles have fuel issues and use more fuel than newer cars.

Then there are lots of rental cars on the road, and heavy machinery, and some families have two or more cars.

I think the actual figure is somewhere in between what you say and what I calculated.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 8:38 pm
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
Noble Member

I read this over again and STTsailor is right and I am wrong. Make that 50 gallons a month not a week.

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Posted : January 30, 2017 10:46 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

PSC DIRECTOR CONDEMNS WAPA, SAYS INEFFICIENCY HAS COST RATE PAYERS HUNDREDS OF MILLION IN PREVENTABLE FUEL COSTS

http://viconsortium.com/breaking-news/psc-director-condemns-wapa-says-inefficiency-has-cost-rate-payers-hundreds-of-million-in-fuel-costs/

And then....there's this!

WAPA, DEFYING PSC, WILL INITATIATE BASE RATE INCREASE WEDNESDAY

http://viconsortium.com/breaking-news/wapa-defying-psc-will-initatiate-base-rate-increase-wednesday/

Sounds like it's time (way past time) for a class action lawsuit.

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Posted : February 1, 2017 12:05 am
daveb722
(@daveb722)
Reputable Member

The whole time I thought Alana was sticking a fork in the outlet, then she moved and the power is still going out. 😀

Hope your move went well. How is stateside living so far?

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Posted : February 1, 2017 10:50 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

i can only shake my head at the utter cluelessness, carelessness and woeful ignorance at this administration and past administrations. they have only and will only have their own best interests at heart. they dont care about any one person besides themselves and how much money they can make.

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Posted : February 1, 2017 11:06 am
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

The whole time I thought Alana was sticking a fork in the outlet, then she moved and the power is still going out. 😀

Hope your move went well. How is stateside living so far?

Well, now you know! Wasn't me!:P

The move has gone exceedingly well, thank you!
I'm amazed by how inexpensive things are here, compared to what we pay in the islands. Seriously!

I do miss our gorgeous views and haven't quite gotten used to central heating and air systems and not having the windows open all the time but loving smooth, clean roads, reliable, affordable electricity, having my mail and packages delivered to my home and not giving my garbage a scenic tour before disposal. Proximity of family is great. 10 minutes away.
I get my car next week and will then face the anxiety of driving on the right hand side of the road, for the 1st time, ever.

Hershey has adapted well, loves her large back yard but not overly fond of the pool guy and is quite vocal about any visitation. Good guard dog!

I have to agree with you, speee1dy.
What's worse is that they stick their heads in the sand, instead of acknowledging the problems, buckling down and cutting the waste from their government spending and their overly paid salaries and sticking it to the people with increasing taxes and rates.

I can't say I'm optimistic that will change.
I think it will get worse. I doubt the new trump administration will be helpful to the VI. Mapp's State of CONFUSION address was neither encouraging nor based on reality.

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Posted : February 1, 2017 12:44 pm
stcmike
(@stcmike)
Estimable Member

Alana,

Congrats on the relatively smooth transition to stateside living. Its amazing how fast you get used to lower prices and better services.

Hope all continues to go well

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Posted : February 1, 2017 1:11 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Thank you!
It's quite a change after living in the VI all my life, practically.
Time will tell whether it's a forever move or not.
Missing my green parakeets in the morning!

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Posted : February 1, 2017 1:18 pm
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