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This fee structure in Table 16 is simple and is uniformly applied to all water users. Alternatively,

a fee structure that has a minimum impact on agriculture and low income domestic users but

discourages the use of groundwater is presented in Table 17.

Surface

Groundwater

Total

$4,613,653

$5,587,550

$10,201,203

(claims to use groundwater in the future). This fees structure would generate $28 million in

$25. In addition, Turney recommends a fee applied to undeveloped Mendenhall declaration

pay fees of $4 and $2 respectively and reservoir evaporation ($3), users would pay fees of $20 to

fees on non-agricultural users. With the exception of agriculture and livestock which would be

Tom Turney, the ex State Engineer, has proposed a similar fee structure (Table 18) with higher

$5.00

38,191

$190,955

$10.00

282,469

$2,824,690

$0.35

-

$0

$0.35

28,120

$9,842

$2.00

1,921,786

$3,843,572

$2.00

921,726

$1,843,452

$2.00

3,873

$7,746

$2.00

23,038

$46,076

$10.00

2,138

$21,380

$10.00

18,367

$183,670

$10.00

2,255

$22,550

$10.00

6,199

$61,990

$10.00

833

$8,330

$10.00

55,542

$555,420

$10.00

51,912

$519,120

$10.00

6,241

$62,410

-NA-

521,432

-NA-

2,542,420

$

4,613,653

1,341,702

$5,587,550

Tax Rate

Use

Revenues

Tax Rate

Use

Revenues

$ per acre foot

Acre feet

Collected

$ per acre foot

Acre feet

Collected

BRIAN, C. WILSON, P.E., 1997, "Water Use by Categories in New Mexico and River basins, and Irrigated Acreage in 1995", New Mexico State Engineer Office, Technical Report 49, Santa Fe, NM.

dwater-------------------

Water Use amount are base on

Total Tax receipts

Public Domestic Agriculture Livestock Commercial Industrial Mining Power Evaporation

subtotals

Table 17: Revenues from a Differentiated Water User Fee

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    Surface---------------------------

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    Groun

annual revenues.

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