Leave it to the Arizona Republic to take the position that the City of Phoenix water rates aren’t high enough. In fact, the shadowy “editorial board,“ an assemblage that we are to believe writes in unison, takes that editorial view.
The rate hike will be nominal, we are told. It would add “about $1.59 per month” to the bill of the average Phoenix residential customer. It would be the first water rate increase in nearly four years. We should go for it…and then some, since its such a bargain. The sub rosa authors remind us we live in a desert and the pipes do a yeoman’s job carrying water here and there.
Though we are continually told by the newspaper’s open borders liberals who crank out their daily pap, “our immigration system is broken,” they make no such claim about the water pipes. Instead they turn to the director of the Phoenix Water Services Department speaking governmentese, who says, “This rate increase is about enabling a steady level of investment in the rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure so that we can continue to provide reliable water deliveries out here in the middle of the desert.”
There’s that “desert” jargon again, as if the approximately 1.5 million Phoenix customers don’t know where they live.
City Council members are expected to vote on the proposed hike in water and sewer rates at a public hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today. And, wouldn’t you know, the City neglected to advise us of that 2.6 percent increase in our bill — though the editorial advises the council to vote for the rate increase.
Here are the facts as they appear on the monthly City of Phoenix Services Bill which is misidentified as the “water bill”:
Water Base Fee
Water Usage Fee
Environmental Mandates – Water
City Services Tax
Environmental Mandates – Sewer
State Mandated Jail Costs
City Sales Tax
State and Other Taxes
Solid Waste Services
State Landfill Disposal Fee
We need to pay more for all of these obscure charges and hidden fees. The newspaper says so. End of story.