The deadline to submit a Prop 218 water rate increase protest ballot is this coming Tuesday. You can even turn it in during that evening's City Council meeting. Talk about life on the edge. You can still bring it down to City Hall tomorrow or Tuesday should you wish. Just be aware that they won't be overly anxious to help you before 11AM. They do have other priorities before then, you know.
The actual ballot is located at the bottom of this page. You can print it out, fill in the information, and perhaps spare yourself rate increases of 61% for water and 100% for using the sewers. Oh, and don't forget to put your ballot in an envelope. I am not sure why, but I have been told it is important that you do so. I guess that way it can be opened on Tuesday.
At this point we are a little bit behind the curve. Calls are being made by concerned volunteers all of this weekend, and the interested parties are being directed to the page I have reproduced below. My guess is that we have about 600 more ballots to go out of the approximately 1,800 needed, which at this late date is a lot. However, stranger things have happened in this town, and a big last minute surprise is not necessarily impossible.
All you need too know to submit a Prop 218 Water Rate Protest Ballot is detailed below. Please read this information carefully. I believe we need to send these substantial water and sewer rate increases back to the City Council for a further review. I do not think a city government that has refused to level with us about the absurd levels of water bond debt we are now carrying deserves to be rewarded with even more of our money.
Hopefully next time the City will finally understand that the people have a right to know who was responsible, and exactly what they were thinking when they created $9 million dollars in unnecessary additional debt by making a decade and a half of interest only payments on a $6 million dollar water bond.
After all of these years, the truth finally needs to be heard. Help us make that happen.