TKC READER: KANSAS CITY WATER DEPT. PRIVATIZATION OVER SEWER BONDS!!!
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ON THE SUBJECT OF IMPENDING SEWER BONDS
Tony, I am constantly reminded by our elected officials of how devastating it will be if we don't pass the sewer bond on August 7th.
I have read have the city is trying to put the shaft to us by saying they need the 1/2 sales tax for the streets, which I was under the impression that when the earnings tax was originally passed, it would take care of the streets.
Parks department, of which we have over 200 parks in K.C., some of which are never used. The list of demands goes on and on, although our income doesn't.
Getting back to the sewer bonds, it iritates me that the city chose the Director of water services. The city of K.C. got so ingenious that they have now split out water department in 3 different companies, and as 3 companies, all have a piece of our water bill. Add to that, Troy Schulte decided to change billing to monthly, from bi-monthly, causing our water bills to double. Paying monthly for the lease on the meters, which they couldn't bill us without, charging us for water billing each month, charging us sew taxes each month. On top of the above, they have inflicted double digit sewer taxes on us for each of the past 6 years. I see the problems with the water department, not as problems with the customers, but the leadership that Kansas City has provided us to run the department. If the Director of Water Services went to trade meetings and kept up with the needs and requirements, we wouldn't have these problems we're faced with today. At the rate they are talking about increases, we are going to have to resort to outhouses and having wells drilled just to exist.
I have proposed that Kansas City sell the water department, because with private ownership, if the water department went to the Public Service Commission to obtain the double digit increases that is being put on by K.C.,they would be hard pressed to obtain the increases we have to deal with. I proprose that K.C. seek an outside source to purchase the water department and get back to running the city and not bilking the citizens.