We learned the other day that the fee that city council imposed on our water utility last year will now be assessed to homeowners.
Back in September council imposed the fee on the utility to help balance the city’s budget. They told the board of the water utility that they wanted “nonresidential” customers to be charged.
A local church made a claim and we are now being told that assessing the fee on only “nonresidential” customers is not legal.
Rebates will evidently be made to the water customers that have already been charged and homeowners will now have to pay part of the bill.
One thing that is unusual here is how quickly the water utility changed course faced with the claim of illegality. Often local governments fight rather than obey the spirit of a law.
If only charging “nonresidential” customers has proven to be illegal we have to ask why the city attorney did not know this when council took their action.
Then again maybe she did.
Wouldn’t it be nice if council would stop imposing hidden taxes. The water utility should never have been involved in this issue.
We deserve better