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#1 2010-04-23 09:29:21

From: Tanglewilde
Registered: 2004-09-08
Posts: 6,929

Guest commentary: The great water rate heist of 2010

THE MASSIVE WATER RATE INCREASES approved by Mayor Annise Parker and her Council have been touted by the administration as spreading the real costs of the water/sewer system to all users of the system -- single-family, multi-family, and commercial users. Local media have certainly run with that meme.

As guest editorialist Brutus explains in detail, it's simply not true: Single-family and commercial users are bearing the brunt of the increase, while owners of multi-family residences will continue to enjoy a significant advantage.

No wonder Mayor Parker and her Council rammed this thing through so quickly, without much in the way of public discussion and scrutiny!

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#2 2010-04-25 22:35:56

Registered: 2007-11-25
Posts: 11

Re: Guest commentary: The great water rate heist of 2010

Hmm, from HAA's perspective, apartment renters are being asked to improve infrastructure primarily for single-family residences, see:

I was feeling pretty poorly of Mayor Parker for rushing this. On the other hand, if the cost of a budget responsive government is special interests like the HAA getting their cut, I think I like that better than a government that pretends there aren't problems and still provide special interest goodies (White, Brown, etc).


#3 2010-04-26 06:01:34

From: Spring, Texas
Registered: 2005-01-05
Posts: 3,926

Re: Guest commentary: The great water rate heist of 2010

HAA lies. They just want an even better deal.

Here's a thought, let's not give the special interests special deals at all!
"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
Samuel Adams


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