Phx water rate hike to pay for city workers’ raises

Last week we ran this postAnte up! Phoenix “water bill” not high enough?  detailing the Arizona Republic‘s enthusiastic support of increased City of Phoenix water rates.

It turns out there was an even more objectionable underbelly to the increase that is being revealed by District 6 City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, and reported by KSAZ TV-10 Fox News.

“They were out there telling the public this big lie, that they made all these cuts, what they didn’t tell you is they moved all those employees over to the water department and then jacked up the rates to cover that, the same thing is happening again,” DiCiccio tells reporter John Hook.

This year the rates are going up 2.6% on average, and another 2% hike is expected next year. DiCiccio says the average compensation for an employee in the water department has gone from $76,000 in 2009 to over $88,000 in 2016. So that’s where your rate hike is actually going.

“What they’re not telling you is the compensation increase equals the hike and the tax increase on water,” said DiCiccio.

This is the revealing email sent to constituents by Councilman DiCiccio.

Have you heard from your council representative on this crucial matter?  If not, why not? Their contact information is here. You pay their salaries. No doubt they’d like to hear from you….

3 Responses to Phx water rate hike to pay for city workers’ raises

  1. MacBeth says:

    The last line of this post (tongue in cheek, obviously), “No doubt they’d like to hear from you….” is the joke of the year. These councilmen and women work part time and are rarely in their offices unless there is a meeting scheduled. They want to hear from us as much as any of us want a painful outbreak of shingles.

  2. Kent says:

    We are being screwed without the proverbial kiss. Term limits are the only response to these assaults on our billfolds and bank accounts by elected thieves who see themselves as unaccountable.

  3. Wesley W. Harris says:

    In all due respect to the good Councilman, having served on the committee that called for the savings cuts and currently attending the meetings of the Water Commission, I can honestly say that the Councilman was wrong regarding salaries and personal then and he is wrong today. It was my efforts that got the entire water department reviewed which resulted in no water increases for the past three years. We need to increase the rates now because other costs have risen beyond what the current rates will cover. Also of note is that water conservation has decreased revenues which is one of those “be careful what you wish for” items. I support this increase and will take heat again as I did when we resisted and got the city to back off.