Other farmers want taxes to rise, to reduce water consumption. They are right.*
Higher taxes on consumption can be rebated back to members of the community, after they've served their purpose (in reducing demand). The money doesn't have to be spent. Of course, that requires that politicians don't spend the money on crap ideas!
* SW sent a good example:
County Board Chairman Dan Cronin... said the tax receipts have come to "subsidize" unrealistically low rates now paid by the system's customers. He thinks conservation will be a beneficial side effect of the rate hike.Right.
"Frankly, I think if people paid at a rate consistent with what it costs, it would motivate many to conserve water," he said.