Deciding whether to go ahead with a project like the Sage Mesa (or Husula Highlands) gas line extension is difficult under the "opt-in model" because:
- residents don't know whether they support or oppose the project until they know the project's cost, but
- the project's cost depends on the number of people who opt-in.
So a simple "Are you in or out?" question will not work.
Instead, the RDOS can ask a willingness-to-pay (WTP) question: "What is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a gas line extension on your street?". We can then use the WTP information to determine whether the project should go ahead.