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11/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Water situation out of hand

I am very perplexed by the Kingman City Council and their steadfast support of the golf course no matter what it loses in money. Last year, it lost $400,000. Is money growing on local cactus?

I just got my city utility bill and water was $24, while sewer was $73. I know the problem here. We have a golf crowd running the city and golf takes priority, and has for years. The city took out a municipal bond to enlarge the golf course a few years back and spread that cost to every single taxpayer in Kingman. Even if you don't play golf, too bad - you pay!

Now the sewer utility rate has been almost tripled for building the wastewater facilities to only 9,000 residents. The city couldn't take a bond like the golf course because it was over-extended, loan-wise, because of the golf course loan, so now a few pay the entire bill ($53 million) the golf course got priority.

Let's not mention the fact that the sewer note is only a short note of 20 years instead of 30 or 40 years, and a really high interest rate of 4 percent. Who borrows $53 million at 4 percent? No one! Just ask any bond manager!!!

The wastewater plants are designed to protect our entire public groundwater supply, but evidently the council feels only 9,000 residents should protect the entire water supply. The council seems blind to the fact people on septic directly pollute the groundwater, as seen in Lake Havasu, but they don't pay any thing to protect our groundwater. The mayor and at least one councilmember are on septic, thus no new rates for them. I understand how charging people in the county area with limited resources would not fly because they already get charged 70 percent more for water for some unknown reason. I think that 70 percent surcharge is fundamentally wrong and unjust. To charge someone more because of where you live? The city's entire water well system and pumps are actually located mostly in the county! We need a fair government, not a government run unjustly by a few who think golf is a religion.

Solutions: sell the money-eating golf course! Extend the sewer loan to 30 or 40 years by a municipal bond and get the interest rate down!

Dean Wolslagel


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: GOT to be kidding City Council

I was just about to go raise a stink about my sewer bill but decided to check the news and see if I missed something.
Yep, never heard about the outrages rate hike.
I was feeling pretty infuriated but even I didn't get a $73 sewer bill. Mine was $54.92... That is still absurdly high.
Something's got to give soon. We just can afford these rate hikes every year.

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: Thanks, Dean for Keeping This In The Public Eye

And for those that constantly tell others to leave if they question our community, it's not going to happen. We have every right to be involved in our town. Our goal is to build a better town with a more responsible and responsive government. Apparently, yours is to see status quo. That's just not good enough for those like Dean.

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: Time for Another Vote

Resident Joe, those votes were taken at a different period in Kingman. The local economy was booming, jobs were avaiable, housing prices were climbing and residents felt they could afford to invest in such luxuries of a municipal golf course. Time to allow Kingmanites to again cast their vote.

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Article comment by: Nick Schmidt

For weeks, I heard the daily drilling
and cutting through bedrock three
streets away. Deep, for the sewage pipe. Some years ago. Distribution for these outrageous costs could only be fair among all water users, common sense told
me. Common sense ? What's that

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

I find it interesting with how many people complain about the new waste water plants being upgraded/built. Would you individuals rather have those plants not be upgraded for future development and have the city be unprepared years later? I don't see much wrong with charging for using the sewer. If you don't like the charges of using the sewer move to a place with a septic tank. Keep in mind those funds may go towards the loan as well as equipment the employees may need to help maintain the plants as well as the sewer lines. It also would not hurt to try to ask why the loan was set up the way it is as well instead of writing letters to the paper complaining about it. You go in person or to the council meetings etc., you just might get farther than just simply writing this letter. But I doubt any of you complainers will take the time to do that. If you don't like it here feel free to leave this town.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

if you want higher property taxes , feel free to move to kalif!
or if you have THAT much extra $$$, just give it to the city or county, so the rest of us do not have to pay higher taxes. many of us chose to live here due to affordable cost of living, then clowns like you want to increase the price to live here! GO AWAY! your not wanted here, take your ideas with you!

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Resident Joe

You do realize that a bond issue has to be voted on on by the voters right? The past council did not just decide to get a loan on a golf course, they put it out for a bond issue which was voted on by the voters and passed, TWICE.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Just A Thought

Things will never changes until the people of Kingman stop electing these guns and God Republicans. There is not a smart one amongst them.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Peggy Smith

I couldn't agree more with Dean Wolslagel's letter of 11-26-13. I live in the city but have a septic system. I've expressed my opinion before that I would be more than glad to pay my share of the new sewer system. I feel it's totally unfair to expect only those using the system to pay for it. There are a lot of families barely making a living...how can they possibly pay for this fee? Whose idiotic idea was this? Who made this decision? I think we deserve an answer. It benefits all of us to have an upgraded system. I think we need a revolt and demand that this be changed. I'm surprised this hasn't happened already. What's wrong with the people of Kingman? Mr. Wolslagel's suggestion are right on.. sell the golf course...and extend the loan to 30+ years plus lower the interest rate. Sounds like a plan to me.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Sell The Course, Eliminate Public Funding for KAOL

Your exactly right, Dean. The rich and connect in this little town have taken a lesson from the rich (mostly of one political party). Find a way to make the "little people" pay for what we want.

Another example of this is the Kingman Academy "Charter Schools". Those playing 8 holes are subsidized by all of us. Same with KAOL - those selected (usually based on what Mom and Dad position is in town - not by junior's academics) have the rest of us pay.

Dean, please start a petition to sell off the golf course. If you remember when this ongoing controversy started years ago, one of the council members challenged the public to petition to have the question put before the voters, saying something to the extent that anyone can petition to get it on the ballot.

Dean, take out petitions and you'll get so many signatures that it will not only go up for a democractic vote by the people, it will be approved.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Paying, and not complaining

Funny how ex Californians complain about the price of things here. Are pubic services cheaper there? The overall cost of living here is extremely low compared to other parts of the country. Although I`m not an avid golfer, I do like the hit the range once and awhile. It also provides a nice view for visitors arriving from the west on I-40.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

People are probably not patronizing the golf course because they have heard that Kingman is a place that has a lot of negative people that are against progress.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

Dean, this is the best letter to the editor I think I've ever seen in KDM.

You even presented a realistic, practical solution.

Good luck, and brace yourself for the haters!

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Agree, and some don't understand why a property tax is not wanted, we have ex-mayor Salem's poor guidance to thank for the high sewer rates and a council to thank for the past spending incompetence, it might be time to think about leaving Kingman and let the liberal retirees run Kingman into the ground with their propensity for spending.

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