City Council to Raise Water Rates Again
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The Statesboro City Council is quietly raising water and sewer rates again from 15-40% at their meeting next week. This time on businesses, government and apparently Georgia Southern. That's just going to make everything more expensive and explains why so many businesses are leaving the City.

It's just a backdoor tax so they can take more money out of their already profitable water fund to build new fire stations and buy other wasteful things like the secret service SUV their police chief drives around. No warning, no hearings, nuthin. City cronyism and pigs at the trough, as usual.

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shapechanger commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 16:47 PM

cottonmouth, Dale

Can you provide some documentation concerning the increase and the way the funds will be spent. I understand your opinion and no one likes to see their costs go up. I have seen many businesses pit one community against another to get the lowest cost possible. It is something that is good for their bottom line and in many cases the cost of moving a business is far greater then the amount of increase they would have to pay for staying.

You cite the purchase of the Secret Service SUV for the Chief. What was the cost if the used SUV against the cost of other SUV's that would provide the same capabilities. While it may sound like a waste to you, was it a wiser use of taxpayer monies? Please, provide additional information about this example...thanks

wwwhunter commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 18:57 PM

another good reason to be a country boy like me

theflyonthewall commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 20:38 PM

New fire stations----- the horror!

Bryant commented on Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Since city council agendas are public information, just how quietly can water rates be raised?

Cottonmouth, you seem to really have an issue with Turner and the police department.

cottonmouth commented on Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 20:56 PM

Forget Turner and I don't have to provide documentation, do your own homework - you can find everything you need if you just read their website! The point is that the City makes millions of dollars each year off its water system and they take a bunch of it to pay for other things so they don't have to raise property taxes. Same with gas, garbage and other money funds.

The other point is that if regardless of where you live it's a backdoor tax. Look how much they've raised everything in the past, much higher than the rate of inflation. They use their windfall profits off their overpriced enterprises to subsidize the property tax. Even if your a business owner who lives out of town (unless your renting your business property), your paying property taxes and all the swollen fees.

All you have to do is read their audits which are on their web site. Their even supporting their fire department with the water system which isn't available in the unincorporated fire district.

I'm just ticked i have to pay a higher water rate so they don't have to say I'm not raising taxes. Just like the garbage rates. What do I get in return? They can't make the water any cleaner and it's not costing them any more. Look at the apartments coming on - those student will flush more toilets than they ever dreamed of. It's a tax by another name. I'm heading for the country. I'm surprised more business owner aren't just as ticked. They will vote with their feet.

Bryant commented on Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Cottonmouth, you wrote, "you can find everything you need if you just read their website!" So,once again I ask just how "quietly" can City Council raise rates? You don't like it - go to the Council meeting. Complain about the rate or complain about the way the money is spent.

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