A City Council Committee for the City of St. Petersburg is recommending that the full council raise water fees by 5% in 2012. This seems like an unncessary rate increase considering that such utilities almost never cut costs they way businesses or others do every day. Employee Beneifts are usually sky high with outdated PENSIONS (instead of 401K’s) and Health benefits that far outpace those of the citizens who pay the bills.
I have asked for a full financial report from the City to understand why they are raising the rate.
THE CITIZENS CAN COME AND VOICE THEIR OPINION AT THE
SEPTEMBER 8th Budget Hearing for the City of St. Pete.
Please come out and let your voices be heard.
Here is the letter I sent to the City Council tonight. Let’s see what kind of answer we all get.
(WRITE THE CITY COUNCIL AND GIVE THEM YOUR OPINION AT COUNCIL@STPETE.ORG
Dear City Council
“I am disappointed that a committee has voted to increase water fees by 5%. I would like to examine the water fee rate study to determine what made your committee agree to recommend a rate increase.
Can you also please provide as detailed a financial report as possible for the utility that is providing these water services. If you do not have that information, can you explain why not and give me a contact to investigate further.
In general, It is unacceptable for the city to raise water rates in this economy. When Water purchases are down, rates go up. When purchases are up, they go up. When investments are down, rates go up. When investments are good, rates go up.
Why? Did you committee evaluate the situation thoroughly to understand where costs can be cut?
I look forward to receiving the detailed financial report.
David McKalip, M.D.”