Wednesday, August 9, 2017
As you are probably aware, once a tax or fee or anything involving the creation of revenue being sent to City Hall is put into place, it never goes away. Remember, the Utility Users Tax (UUT) was originally supposed to only be temporary, and thanks to your vote it will now continue into eternity.
The above passage comes from a brochure sent out by the city a while back called "The Consumer Confidence Report." The question it appears to be dealing with here is why should water usage fines continue now that Jerry Brown had done away with the drought emergency he had imposed to cut water usage?
Tucked inside that drought emergency was the threat by Sacramento of some pretty draconian penalties for those cities that did not curb the water usage of its residents. Sierra Madre was at risk of incurring some pretty big ones.
But now that the drought emergency is finally over, some are asking, why should the City of Sierra Madre continue to fine its residents over their water usage? And at a pretty stiff clip. You may recall the folks on E. Highland who protested their $1,000.00 water bill at the most recent City Council meeting. I'm fairly certain this was the incident that lead to tonight's get together.
So here is the question. Will Sierra Madre's water fines ever go away? Or have they become yet another permanent revenue stream being used by a city that is literally drowning in its debt? And if so, exactly how would you justify making residents continue to pay those fines when that money is being used for whatever purpose City Hall sees fit?
This will naturally lead to someone from the city mentioning the high cost of water being supplied to Sierra Madre by the unhappily exploitative SGVMWD. At which time you would need to counter, "How exactly did our water representatives back then manage to negotiate such an awful deal? And why isn't the city trying to get us a better one now?"
I'd do this for you but I'm working late tonight.
Don't get lost!
The location of the meeting might change. According to the City of Sierra Madre website if the crowd becomes too large for the Hart Park House, the meeting will move to Council Chambers at City Hall. Of course, those arriving early at the original location won't know that the crowd is going to be large until it is, so they should be prepared to have to give up their good seats.
This should have been held at City Hall from the beginning. Council Chambers isn't all that big, anyway.
One thing you should not do is try to use the web address provided on the city's website for the Mountain Views News. It is kind of wonky. Maybe the person who typed that one didn't graduate from UC-Berkeley, either?
As always, try and have some fun. It's better that way.
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