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2/5/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: At the mercy of the city

With reference to Mr. Mullinix's question: Why not include all 40,000 citizens in charging them the sewer usage rates? Simply put, you cannot charge a person for a service that they do not receive. The sewer service does not benefit those who are not connected to the system.

As for paying for the schools to which you have no children going to, this is a tax, not a direct service to which a person does benefit.

A possible reason as to why the other 31,000 citizens are not connected to the sewer system may be because they do not want to be at the mercy of city billing going up at the whim of those in power. Those living outside the city pay almost double for water verses those living inside city limits, or so I am told. Why then would they want to incur extravagant sewer bills?

Sam Wise


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: you people are crazy

you people who claim water bills outside of city are high, hell i want some of what your taking ive lived in the butler area for 20 years have grass and above ground pool my bill has never been higher than 40 a month. sure its higher than city but really its not. just getting trash service included which is kewl. but the people outside the city should of made kingman annex us in a long time ago.
we should become our own city put eminent domain on all water wells and sewer plants and annex all the way to valle vista. and choke out the city of kingman. instead the people are allowing the city to annex all around the butler area making us an island county.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Just Say No to Grass

Grass is not something that should be promoted in the desert. It's a very thirsty plant and there are other plants more "friendly" to the desert that will do what accomplish what is needed.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Arizona Brat

It is crazy that "WATER" bills are so high but you can hardly find a LANDSCAPED yard in with actual grass! The benefits of grass vs. rock or ucky dirt far outweighs it! Grass would oxygenate the air, keep spores from dirt and rock down helping to alleviate disease such as Valley Fever etc. and is aesthecally pleasing but, the cost of sewer and trash pickup cause people not want to have to add to the bill. Trash pickup could be changed to once a week and that cost lowered but, then what happens to job security and pay?
This world is so topsy turvy Thank God I'm getting older and not younger!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Fed Up Citizen
$800.00 a month? How in the heck could you have a bill that high unless you are a farmer or industrial user?

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Fed Up Citizen

When my water bill rose to over $800.00 a month, and I complained, the city told me they were charging more for heavy users, than the normal fee. What a crock! I had a well drilled.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ H J
I completely agree about the higher rates outside the city. You should go out right now and shut off your water, then call and disconnect your service. Just water haul or drill a well......that will be much better won't it?

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Ardell Goodman

I live in the city and have a septic system and though I don't use the sewer line,some day I might. So in my opinion, everyone in the city should have to pay for the new sewer system. I wouldn't mind a bit paying my share. I've seen some of the bills these people are getting and they are totally unreasonable.

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Article comment by: H J

We are paying for a service we do not get with higher water bills than those who live in the City! I've talked with our County Supervisor regarding this her statement was
"Nothing she can do"! Allowing Kingman to charge us what ever they like!

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