Greene County residents account for more than 1/3 of Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) water customers—but our residents still don’t have a voice in RSA’s operations or their plans for our future.
RSA’s Board of Members met last week, and they are still excluding all comments and votes from Greene County. The court has yet to rule on whether RSA’s exclusion of Greene is lawful. But it is clear that four RSA Board members from Orange and Madison counties are calling all the shots. State law says plainly that the RSA Board must have at least one member from each county, and that it must have at least five members. RSA’s Board is clearly operating outside the law.
RSA’s Board is now also excluding citizen comments, too. There’s no room on their agenda for citizen comments, including Greene County citizens. In the words of the RSA Chairman, “We have cut ties with Greene County.”
RSA’s cut-off of Greene County’s fee revenues continues, in violation of long-standing agreements. This action hurt Greene County by keeping us from building our Water Supply Project, but it will also hurt Orange County and Madison County.
Through RSA, Orange, Madison and Greene together pledged the Greene County facility and availability fees to pay bond debts to the Virginia Resource Authority. Those fees are the only money pledged to cover that debt. As agreed, Greene County has faithfully used the pledged fees to make the debt payments.
Orange County and Madison County RSA Board members cut off Greene County’s fee revenues. They did this over Greene County’s objection. By their actions alone, there will be no money to make the next debt payment. The RSA Board’s action that cut off Greene County’s fee revenues will damage the credit of all three counties. Whose credit will be hurt the worst—the two counties that cut off the funds pledged to pay the debt, or the one that objected?
Chairman, Greene County Board of Supervisors