Last week we ran this post “Ante 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….