The city of El Paso charges a franchise fee to two of it’s own departments.
Both El Paso Water and the Environmental Services department (garbage) are assessed a fee.
The water and garbage customers see the fee getting passed on to them in the form of a bill.
The city powers maintain that the franchise fees are imposed to compensate the city for the use of city streets.
These are streets that we have paid for and are also paying to maintain.
The fees are not franchise fees, they are taxes.
The city has a few other departments that generate revenue.
Will we see them getting charged franchise fees?
Sun Metro buses travel more on city streets than any other entity.
El Paso Fire Department ambulances travel on city streets and generate revenue for the city. How are they different than the water and trash departments?
All of these charges are wrong, they are simply taxes that the city would not normally be allowed to charge because of caps on their rate of tax increase.
The charges should be challenged in court.
We deserve better