In reference to Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s latest email as copied below: January 18, 2011.
Claude Mattox is saying the January 19 vote on the proposed water rate increase is premature, needs more review. I have heard, nor read nothing of the like from DiCiccio or Gates to date, have you?
Mattox’s comment is indeed a more thoughtful and reasonable approach. One I agree with rather then DiCiccio attempting to evoke emotions without careful consideration, that which DiCiccio continues.
Now, tell DiCiccio that looking for budget savings should also include putting the Police and Fire department under the microscope as well, rather than always stating “except Police and Fire”. Police and Fire, "IS" 60% of the total City of Phoenix budget. Is DiCiccio saying a review of Police and Fire is not needed, that there is no room for improvement, or is there soomething going on with the line up of attendees to his secret meetings?
Councilman Mattox: Water Fee Increase Needs Deeper Review
Phoenix Councilman Claude Mattox and Council members Sal DiCiccio and Bill Gates say a vote on the proposed $23 million water rate increase, scheduled for a 3 p.m vote on Wednesday, January 19, is premature. A more thoughtful and reasonable approach requires more review to see if cost savings can be discovered, thereby eliminating the proposed water rate increase.
The public has seen reductions in their income, businesses in their communities boarded up and neighbors losing their homes, it has become incumbent upon Phoenix officials to do more with less and to cut our own budget first. The public has suffered a dramatic increase in their water bills only to have Phoenix ask for more.
The three council members want an intense and complete review of water department operations and alternatives to the proposed hike. Five votes are needed to pass the rate hike or to postpone a decision while the review is completed.
“Phoenix must look internally first for cost savings and more transparency so Phoenix rate payers further understand the impact of this rate increase. Please let everyone know that Councilmembers Mattox and Gates are looking for a more reasonable and thoughtful approach to city operations, and to thank them for doing so,” DiCiccio said.
Your calls, emails and faxes to the Council are working. The only way you will see substantive change at City Hall is for you express your concerns. Please send this to anyone you feel is concerned about their water bills.
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