Tuesday, April 14, 2020
KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS ARGUE AGAINST WATER RATE INCREASE AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IMPACT!!!
Thanks to some of the most KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS . . . Our blog community was FIRST to break the story of water rate increases at the outset of March.
A lot has changed since then, except the KCMO inclination to keep leveling fees on locals . . . Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS WARN AGAINST CONTINUED EFFORTS TO RAISE LOCAL WATER RATES DESPITE COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT!!!
The reality is that KANSAS CITY AND THE REST OF THE WORLD IS IN THE MIDST OF A DEPRESSION but tax & spend elected leaders haven't adjusted their spending.
To be fair, there's a TEMPORARY hold on these ordinances for the moment but that's only because TKC READERS spoke up loud & clear. No other local news org reported this taxpayer threat that continues behind the scenes.
Here's a meme follow-up to TKC FIRST NEWS sent our way and worth a look right now . . .
Tax Fighters: Kansas City’s City Council Mulls Raising Water Rates – Again!
Ordinances 200168 and 200169 will raise water and sewer rates 5% and 2.5% respectively on gross revenues. This raise in rates will not go to the water department to pay for the federal consent decree, which requires KCMO to address it’s decades long festering waste & storm water problem, nor will it go to the water department to pay for any other improvements, but rather, it will go to the city’s general fund to cover “other” costs. Remember the water department or rather the water utility is an enterprise fund-meaning the water utility is a stand alone entity wholly owned by our city but a complete separate entity. The water utility has its own staff; it’s own, buildings, its own legal, and compliance, accounting departments and issues its own annual report. While the water utility shares no services with the city -our city government charges it with a shared service fee of $24 million (calendar year 2018 & $20 million in 2017)-as stated above- there are no shared services. Considering the already high water rates and the economic peril our nation, state and city currently face, the city has no business pulling out over $20 million a year each and every year from the water department to fund downtown development ventures.
The Water Rates are extremely high already and the council should vote no.
These current high water rates are having an adverse financial affect on everyone but are greatly hurting those most in need. An astoundingly large number of residential users have had their water turned off because they cannot pay their bills. According to the finance office at the City’s Water Department, there are 153,000 residential users in KCMO of which:
- 21,000 residences in fiscal year 2016-17 had their water turned off;
- 19,000 residences in fiscal year 2017-18 had their water turned off;
- 20,000 residences in fiscal year 2018-18 had their water turned off;
It’s important to note that these are residences and serve numerous people per residence.
The situation throughout the city has become so dire that area public schools have through, The United Way, begun a program called Loads of Love. The United Way has placed dozens of washers and dryers in public schools throughout the city because so many of the students families can no longer afford water at home. When one volunteers at a food kitchen or pantry it’s astounding to see how many people are bringing in empty buckets to take a few gallons of water home with them again because the working poor cannot afford to buy water from the city.
Please call or contact Mayor & Council members: and ask them to vote NO.
Developing . . .