Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
We can’t help but wonder if the irony of the dedication of the new Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and Rural Health Clinic was lost on its organizers. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who has spent the last few years fighting the Affordable Health Care Act, will be a featured guest at their event. Wow! The man who has dedicated himself to denying many Michigan residents access to health care will help dedicate this new facility. Really? Okay then...
Dixie Anderson, chair and on behalf of the
To the editor,
I’m amazed that our city government is considering a water and sewer rate increase due to the fact that there’s been a “decrease in usage.” What did our city government expect? City water and sewer rates have been steadily increasing for years now. As a real estate agent I’ve had many customers tell me that they either want to move out of the city due to the high sewer and water rates, or they won’t consider buying a home in the city because of the high rates.
Could the water and sewer rate scenario be a contributing factor to the decline in the number of city residents as shown in our latest census? Could we continue to see a decline in the census as the city continues to challenge the household budgets of their Residents?
Didn’t our city government realize that the residents of our city would take cost saving measures to decrease their water/ sewer bills? For example, at our home we’ve installed water saving toilets, and shower heads, etc., and have been able to reduce our water usage by at least 20 percent.
So, as a conscientious resident what do I hear? The city is considering raising water and sewer rates to offset the conservation efforts of it’s citizen ... amazing!
As a past county commissioner I can appreciate the budgetary squeeze that the city is facing, however, I’m not sure that the regularly occurring rate increase in water and sewer rates, that is passed on to city residents, is the best answer in this equation. The city government may as well tell the residents of the city that we are punishing you for your conservation efforts (go figure).
I would ask our city government to reconsider this issue and how it is interpreted by city residents. I respectively suggest that our city government consider the effect such a move may have in contributing to an already declining tax base.
George Ecclesine city resident