FORT RUCKER On-Post Housing - MOCK utility bill starts Nov. 1

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FORT RUCKER ON-POST HOUSING

MOCK UTILITY BILL ROLLS OUT

NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Information included in the Fort Rucker Relocation Guide

While relocating to FT Rucker late last year, the decision to live on Post was undetermined.  The convenience of living on Fort Rucker was topping our list.  At the time, the BAH rates had not risen.  After evaluating the rental cost, utilities, commuting time and the convenience, living on post seemed to be the better financial alternative.

In Jan. 2008 the BAH rates rose for the FT Rucker area, closing the gap of the better financial alternative. Last week, I received a letter from Picerne Military Housing (the privatized housing management company) that got me to thinking about my alternative housing choice.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has implemented an Energy Savings Program.  This program is plan that encourages residents to be more responsible for natural gas and electric consumption in homes on-post.  The DOD program places the responsibility for the utility consumption on each resident. 

The program will begin with mock billing of Army renovated homes in Allen Heights and newly constructed homes in Munson Heights, but will eventually expand to all newly-constructed and renovated homes on Fort Rucker.  A monthly baseline will be calculated by averaging the consumption of occupied "like homes" in the same neighborhood each month.  The resident's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) will cover the utility consumption up to the baseline.  Those who consumption exceeds the current month's baseline will be billed for the excess consumption above the baseline.  Those who consume less than that month's baseline will earn a rebate. 

$15.00 is the trigger amount.  Once any amount is $15.00 or greater, a bill will be generated or a rebate check will be issued. 

I would have to agree that I have seen residents living on Fort Rucker who do not take steps to conserve our FREE utilities.  After living off-post for many years and paying utilities, it becomes a habit to turn off lights, only run a full load dishwasher and washing machine. I would also have to agree that this responsibility will bring awareness to those who carelessly misuse their consumption of utilities. 

Now, I will have to take another look at: "living on post, the better financial alternative". Will our consumption exceed the baseline?  Will I be paying more than our alotted BAH to live on post? 

By living on post we gave up the updated living standards in exchange for cost and convenience.  Now, with the uncertainties of the utility bills our cost factor might get bumped from the list.  Convenience VS Updated living standards.....that is what I am looking at!  Which would you choose?

 

 Currently our BAH gets us this:


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Rainmaker
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Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
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Interesting Michelle. I'd say there will be many asking the same important questions that you are. It'll be interesting to hear about your first few bills! I bet some folks are in for a shock!

Sep 10, 2008 02:36 PM #1
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
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I am sure alot of people are going to be in shock.  On the 18th of this month Picrene is having a town hall meeting!  I can just imagine them sitting in the office playing rock, paper & scissor to see who is going to be the one to stand up in front of all the residents!!!!!  I will keep you posted.  I heard other post did the same awhile back, but I have never heard the outcome. Now, I need to work on retraining the hub and kid to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS.

 

 

Sep 10, 2008 02:42 PM #2
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Marie Westerman
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes - Evans, GA
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Great post Michelle I want to here the out come. You do a great job of putting NEEDED information out there.

Sep 13, 2008 05:02 AM #3
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Tim and Pam Cash
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Michelle, a similiar program has started here on Fort Campbell.  Needless to say, alot of families are not happy about this.  While they have come along way in revitalizing the on-post housing in the Fort Campbell area, there is still much to be desired.

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Tim Cash

Sep 13, 2008 06:27 AM #4
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
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Tim:  Have you heard any feedback on the program?  Are the residents seeing that they are going above the baseline amount? On Thursday there is going to be a town hall meeting.  I am really interested to see the turn out and what the residents have to say.  I understand that we are all encouraged to conserve, however I just can not seem to shake the thought that these Management companies took over and got in over their heads! Another thing I do not understand is that only selected homes will be part of the program.  I can understand the homes that have not been renovated, but the brand new construction all should be included in this program. Thank you for your feedback.

Sep 14, 2008 02:45 AM #5
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
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Marie:  It will be interesting the next few months.  My neighbors are all talking about it.  I'll keep you posted and let you know what happens at the Town Hall Meeting this week.

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