As I was growing up, I was blessed with a number of wisdom figures who shared maxims for life.
I don’t know where I first heard it but one maxim in particular keeps coming to me when I think of our city’s consideration of leasing our water and sewer system—“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
We’re told that a private water company based in either New Jersey or France wants to give us $50 million or more to lease our water and sewer system that our city has run so well over the years. Not only that, we’re told that they’re not going to raise our rates or add on service fees as they’ve done in other cities and we’re going to get the same quality of service.
Now we’re told that unlike the city, these water companies also have funds to help low income households pay their water and sewer bills. Let’s get real! These companies who are bidding to lease our water system are not charitable organizations. They are mega-corporations who answer to their shareholders and whose purpose is to make profit for their investors. Do these promises sound too good to be true? If so, they probably are.
On April 7, we will be given one chance to let our city council know how we feel about the consideration of leasing this most important city service. Don’t assume everyone else will vote for you and that you can skip out on this most important question.
Your vote is important. Let our city council know that our city, responsible only to our citizens, can best operate our water and sewer system. Take 10 minutes to vote no twice!