‘No rate increase for more dirty city water’
Last month, I wrote a letter to the editor asking the City of Rockdale to approve the YMCA coming to this town.
So far, I have heard nothing about this happening but, in my opinion, the answer from the city is probably a resounding “no thanks.”
Now, however, our illustrious, inept city council and the city manager have proposed a water increase in the city budget to $20.95 per month, an increase of more than 40 percent over the current rate of $14.85, in order to build a new water tower here in Rockdale so we can have more filthy water pumped into our homes and businesses.
I think that most of you will agree that the water we now receive in our homes is the absolute sorriest and filthiest water ever known. It stains toilets, sinks baththubs and washers and is not even able to be considered clean drinking water and, therefore, I must say to the city and city manager “no way.”
In my previous letter, I explained that the unemployment rate in Rockdale is very close to 10 percent, if not over that.
There are no businesses coming to Rockdale, in fact several are closing their doors and leaving Rockdale for good, as well as citizens leaving because of no available employment.
At a time when the economy is bad, and most other towns are imposing water rationing because of one of the worst drouths in Texas history, our great, inept city council has the mistaken idea that this enormous rate increase will just be accepted without opposition and, therefore, I am asking everyone in the city of Rockdale to inundate City Hall, your city council person, the mayor, the city manager, with as many calls as possible, as well as attend a city budget meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, and demand that this ridiculous plan be put aside and that they concentrate on cleaning the filthy water now coming into our homes.
Should this rate be approved, Rockdale w ill be pay ing one of the highest water rates in this area, certainly higher than Milano and Caldwell, and for your information, the city council and mayor are granted an exemption on paying water and sewer services in the City of Rockdale and I’m quite certain that this also applies to the city manager as well.
In the event that our inept city council should approve this astronomical increase, we, the voters of Rockdale, should at least demand that the minimum water usage be raised from 2,000 gallons to 3,000 gallons per month, in order to keep most of us from receiving water bills of $70 per month or higher.
Please don’t forget to call the people mentioned above and I respectfully ask you to attend the budget meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, and let your voice be heard.
(Editor’s note: The mayor, city council and city manager are granted the same exemption on water rates as are all other city employees who live within the city limits.
All of them do not pay on the first 15,000 gallons per month and are charged for usage over that figure. They do pay sewer bills, which are based on water usage in the winter months.)