I was very disappointed when I saw the below article on creative loafing. My water/sewer bill is already ridiculous! Now what?? Sheesh- people complain about how expensive it is to live in NY- to me, Atlanta is worse… aleast New Yorkers make comparable wages …..Can you tell right now that I’m not really feeling ATL? Well, I’m not feeling ANY place that continues to hit me in my pocket!
Massive water/sewer rate hike may be on the way
April 25th, 2008 by Scott Henry in News
Atlanta residents already bracing for a potential tax hike may also be facing a sharp jump in their water and sewer bills.
Although the Department of Watershed Management won’t deliver its proposed budget to the City Council until May 1, a highly placed source in City Hall says the department is planning to ask for a dramatic 25-percent rate increase.
The department had recently sought to enact a “drought surcharge” to offset residents’ lower water usage – and thus lower water revenue – but was rebuffed by the Council.
“It seems unfair to ask people to conserve water and then penalize them for doing it,” says Councilwoman Clair Muller.
The presumption is that Watershed would simply roll the increase into its upcoming budget proposal, which was already anticipated to include higher rates to pay for the next round of sewer fixes. But Muller says the rumored 25-percent hike is much steeper than was expected – and is likely to inflame more controversy in a City Hall already grappling with a budget crisis.
If such a large increase in water rates is proposed, Muller says she will move to postpone future clean-water projects so the city can keep rates lower but still meet a federal consent order to repair its aging sewers.
I’m a bit stressed. About what? The market, our zip code, mortgage fraud- it’s effects on us and the fact that the West End is constantly over looked as Atlanta’s HOT in-town city by magazines. If I pick up another Atlanta Newcomer and see only Grant Park, East Atlanta, Virgina Highlands listed…I’ll be forced to ask Carl Ness (the mastermind behind our Christmas party that had us on the front page of the AJC) to write one of profound letters on the West End to the editors…
I know this all will change, and the “Nay Sayers”, and those that over looked us will regret it- either they will regret it or try to jump on the band wagon at the end and claim to have known it all along- or have been apart of it’s growth and discovery.
I guess I shouldn’t be too upset about us being over looked. After all, this does allow those seriously and committed to being apart of the community to move in and afford to buy while working on many of our ‘grass roots’ projects. …and I guess I can’t be too mad because unlike other locations, at least our neighbors are not stressing over their mortgage payments in this declining market. …And I guess I should not be stressed, because what goes down will always come back up…right? Right? Especially in Real Estate. Sure it will. We know Real Estate- and this is just a snag that was going to happen sooner or later. At least I didn’t pay 1million dollars for my home and it’s now appraising at 500K….. then it would be time for me to head south…….or to Maine,(the only state that did not dip in value this quarter)
Staying positive… that’s the key.
This too shall pass…but in the mean time, while I’m venting let the record show that I really DISLIKE the new beta yahoo mailbox.