11/21/2010 6:00:00 AM Letter: Water rates need to applied fairly
I recently spoke with a few City Council members and about 80 local business owners and found a great disconnect between them. You see, the Council seems to think that raising water rates again is the key to helping the city, but a smart businessman sees a real problem in that idea.
Kingman is already making about $4 million profit on its water operations already! That equals a 100-percent profit! The fact the city is charging county residents about 30 percent more for water because of where they live brings up a basic legal question: Is that "fair and equal treatment" by government? It's clear by city records that the water department is supporting other non-county service-related departments, so why do county residents have to pay for them? The mayor's idea that only the small amount of people on the city sewer system should pay the full amount of the new $30 million treatment plant is also flawed. The plant is protecting our groundwater supply, so why doesn't everyone on the city water supply help pay the bill for the new plant? To quote a local businessman, "The current city manager is limited in his capacity as he has no prior city high finance experience at all" - "hiring an old friend has some real drawbacks and this is one of them." In short, the city must apply taxes and fees according to the law of fairness and must not discriminate in its rate structure.