Sunday, January 8, 2017

Yet Another Round of Water Rate Hikes for Sierra Madre?












And so it begins once again. You do know that the first step of a water rate increase here is a so-called "Water Rate Study," right? Will this be the fourth round of water rate increases in Sierra Madre in the last eight years or so? Have you looked at your water bill lately? Pretty high, right? Maybe even outrageously so? This from the latest edition of the always informative and delightfully transparent City Manager's Report (link).






The key item for today is the last one, which is a call for a discussion about a new "Water Rate Study." Apparently City Staff, perhaps on a whim, most likely not, is looking for City Council "direction" on a new study for water rates. Which usually means they want to spend around $30,000 or so to hire some wool sport jacket wearing geeked out consultant to study Sierra Madre's disastrously mismanaged and heavily leveraged water enterprise. Who, after many colorful bar charts and endless obscure blathering, will then predictably conclude that you need to spend more for water.

After which the City Council will gush in an embarrassing and effusive way about how wonderfully the consultant's presentation went. Meaning that they got exactly what they wanted, an opportunity to take even more of your money.

Maybe that is why Bruce Inman scampered off to Bradbury. He just couldn't handle yet another one of these "processes." Too much for the old ticker, perhaps.

Speaking of Inman, here is a chunk of a Tattler article from May of 2013, which was another time when rumors of a "Water Rate Study" were a-blowing in the wind.


Who knows, maybe they can get your bill up to $700. Right? Then they will be able get themselves some new water bonds to sell. You know, start setting some real water rate records, just like they did with those double digit utility taxes. Apparently the sky is the limit when it comes to water rates and taxes in Sierra Madre.

You can read the rest here.

No word yet if they will be bringing in Martin Truitt to sell this one.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

63 comments:

  1. I thought the last water rate hike was supposed to be the last one.

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    1. As long as there are caliPERS, there will be water rate hikes!

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  2. Wait. Your not bashing Trump today?

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    1. It's spelled "you're" you dumb hick.

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    2. Mark Hamill reads Trump's New Years tweet in the Joker's voice

      https://audioboom.com/posts/5471405-the-trumpster-quote-1?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

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    3. Mexico’s former president has a couple of choice words and a whole lot of shade for President-elect Donald Trump.

      Taking to Twitter on Friday, Vicente Fox, who led the country from 2000 to 2006, emphasized that neither himself, nor his country, would pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.

      “TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that (expletive) wall,” tweeted Fox. “Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it.”

      Earlier on Friday, Trump used the 140-character platform to say that “any money spent on building the Great Wall” would be paid back by Mexico at a later date. On Thursday, media reports claimed that Trump was planning on asking Congress for the money. His tweet appears to confirm it.

      https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/01/07/former-mexican-president-throws-twitter-shade-trump/sA4PMmdoRBQ2VALNSEdaTP/story.html

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    4. every time I flush I think of trump

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    5. Do you have the dump trump tp?

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  3. 40 million to replace the 80 plus year old water pipes that should have been replaced 20 years ago.

    Somebody has to pay for this. Guess who. That's right,you.

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    1. Where did all of the money go? Anybody know?

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    2. Ask Bart and Johnny B where all the money went, Elaine too.

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    3. Didn't the "Yes On UUT" people tell us the increase we voted for would help fix the pipes? What happened?

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    4. Maybe Trump will get Mexico to pay for it!

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    5. Maybe. But only after American taxpayers pay for it first.

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    6. 12:50, that's absurd.

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    7. Maybe he could get Arcadia to pay for it. After all, they stole our water.

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    8. 1:04, it was an obvious joke.

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  4. Water rate increase justifications will be the suppliers rates are increases or we are going to need funding for installing new electronic E-water meters which are more accurate than the old mechanical ones. A nearby city has paid in excess of $2.6 million dollars the installers web page boasts a recovery rate between $250,000 - $500,000 in just the first year alone, if that being the case why would you need to increase water rates if the money windfall is so great? CalPERS retirement pensions and to pay for a local police department vs, the L.S. County Sheriffs Department - more city manager wasteful planning.

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  5. How much more can we take? The onslaught of water rate increases is beating down even the best of Sierra Madre's stalwart activists. Where are the newly minted activists? Is there no fight left?

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  6. If the City of Sierra Madre and its decrepit water company want to raise water rates again, they need to explain why they need to do this. And not just in water consultant BS either. Start with the millions in bond debt and bond debt service. Then explain why so little money was ever reinvested in water infrastructure and everything was allowed to fall apart. Who was responsible, when it happened, and why. We cannot allow another water rate increase to happen while all of the neglect and corruption is swept under the carpet for the umpteenth time. Lying by omission is still lying.

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    1. Except for Goss, all of the other council members have postage stamp sized lots or live in a condo. An increase will only cost the a latte a month. Also if so many families miss their mark by less than ten units, perhaps the targets are TOO LOW.

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    2. Our increase would keep everyone in lattes for a year.

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  7. I'm fried at the cost of the meter rental fee. Mine is approximately $76.00 every billing period. Does anyone know what other local cities charge for meter rental? I've heard it is less.
    The meter is like a dang cable box, you rent it forever and never own it!

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  8. Thank you 9:02,

    No more water rate hikes!

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  9. I think Chris Koerber still reads this site. Chris, you were a big supporter of the last water rate increase. Even read a statement in City Council chambers. Why has that failed to meet the needs of the Water Department? According to the consultant that was supposed to be enough.

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  10. Judging by that picture Bruce had a big pipe.

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  11. Water rates are going up due to the rainfall.

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    1. Isn't rain free??

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    2. Here we are charged by the drop.

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  12. Folks,
    this is not going to go away. We are living in a desert, and water is a precious and scarce resource. While we did have a bit rain the last few days, this is not going to be enough, and the predictions are that this is going to get worse in the years to come. So, we will have to continue to save water. The more water we save, the more expensive it is going to get. Accept it or leave.

    http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20150706/water-rates-surcharges-rise-as-cities-water-agencies-lose-money-in-drought

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    1. The massive debt, disastrous bond ratings, badly neglected maintenance and upkeep, the inability of the water department to properly plan and get a handle on its finances, none of this has anything to do with the weather. Time to change your stupid act, councilmember. Just because you can't tell the truth doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

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    2. That adds all to it. But it still remains that we do not have sufficient water here to begin with.
      I decided to leave. You can make your own decision.

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    3. Given our last few water bills, we might be forced out.

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    4. Your finances hang in the balance of a few water bills?

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    5. What are your water bills like, 3:23?

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    6. I dunno about 3:23 but mine is about $75 a month for water and sewer.$39-meter,$16 sewer, $11 for water,$7 UUT. Meter charge is outrageous, water is nothing.

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  13. No more newly minted activists "your" it !

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  14. Is there any chance that with so many people hit by the latest rounds of increases and penalties, with meter reading "errors" and misunderstandings, some people having bills adjusted, some having to go on payment plans - is there any chance that the city will lower the rates?

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    1. No. The water department is a financial disaster. There must be a new Moody's rating coming down.

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    2. I don't think that there is a realistic chance that the rates will go lower. You either adjust your habits (e.g.; fewer showers, fewer wash and dishwasher cycles; fewer outdoor watering, if you have not yet changed to desert plants) or you need to find another source of income to cover your bills.

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    3. 12:05, we've done all that and more.

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    4. 1:04, then you will be prepared for the 700 USD/month water bills. Good for you.

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    5. 11:49 - Nothing ever goes down in Sierra Madre.

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    6. This will turn into another rich people only enclave. It's a pity.

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    7. 1:35
      That's actually what most people wish it to be. Look at the inflated house prices all over this town. Particle-board for 1,000,000 bugs...

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    8. Richer people, higher taxes. Works for City Hall.

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    9. It also works very well for some, but not all homeowners.

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  15. I have been "it" for the past 30 years. Someone else's turn to chop wood and carry water.

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    1. Your property tax must be modest

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  16. Will this be subject to Prop 218?

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  17. Maybe a City Administrator is a good thing, the City Council would play a larger role in oversight of how this city is managed.
    When the change over to City Manager was put into play, transparency left.

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    1. The current City Manager's priority remains funding city employee retirement accounts. Her entire focus has always been getting more money out of resident hides. That is what happens when you turn over the running of your city to outside elements.

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  18. It's what happens when "you"and turn away a strong volunteer component of the town, and then elect City Council members that put City Employees and Management first. They are all very nice people but the skill sets were developed on the job.

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  19. Mexico's. Ex el Presidente, V.Fox has a good voice over tone to his voice, but nothing else. He did nothing for his people while he was in office.
    Mexico will pay for the wall.
    New Sheriff, new rules.

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    1. I doubt it. The growing consensus in Washington is Trump is well south of sane and will have to be removed from office. Pence will serve out his term.

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    2. Sen. Lindsey Graham: "We should all, Republicans, Democrats, condemn Russia for what they did. To my Republican friends who are gleeful, you're making a huge mistake."

      http://nbcnews.to/2iRKSE6

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    3. Pence is much worse than Trump unfortunately. I'll take an insane Fascist over a religious fanatic anyday.......

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    4. At least Pence will refuse to have sex with Putin. Can't say that for Ginger Combover.

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    5. Pence will do as"his"God instructs him.You know he speaks to "the Lord"?

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    6. It seems our incoming 'First Lady' is threatening to sue anyone calling her an 'ex-hooker', which led Mrs. Betty Bowers: America's Best Christian to remark:

      "Melania is threatening to sue anyone who says she used to be a hooker. I promise never to say that she *used* to be one."

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    7. Do we know which of the thousands of gods worshiped over the millennia Pence speaks with?

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    8. Trump is the sheriff of Mexico? You're an idiot.

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    9. Pence speaks with Baal. But he thinks it is Jesus.

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