BY DONNA WESTFALL
DAY 5 of the protest tabulation against raising water rates starts at 8:30 this morning at the WWTP. Looking back over the November 4th city council meeting video revealed the disdain and ignorance once more of our council members. I walked out of the council meeting once Councilwoman Kathryn Murray opened her mouth. Ever since our July 4th incident of years ago when she told me to get out of then Mayor Charles Slerts Porsche I have had little respect for the woman. “You mean to tell me Kathryn, you can’t ride in a car with me for even one hour and be civil?” Nope, she couldn’t. Since I didn’t budge, you will see video of Murray walking the parade route. I’m sure it helped her overall diet plan.
When Councilwoman Kelly Schellong referred to the water rate
increase as, “I DON’T LOOK AT THIS AS A TAX,…” I just shook
What does she think Prop 13 is? If Howard Jarvis Taxpayers
Association hadn’t gotten involved all those years ago, most of us wouldn’t
even be homeowners today because of the way politicians think they can
take and take and take from the public through.. get this…. PROPERTY
Now, let’s have a history lesson. Proposition 218 came about in 1996 to close
a loophole because once the politicians figured out that they couldn’t gouge
the public any longer on property taxes, they switched gears and looked at
their utilities. Yep. Another way to charge “TAXES.”
Schellong has sat on the City Council for 7 years. SEVEN YEARS! You want
to know why we’re now in this predicament. Look at the one that has sat on
the council the longest. She was there voting to increase sewer rates. She’s
there now voting to increase water rates. And she doesn’t look at raising
water rates as a tax.
Really, I’m not joking. Here it is in living color:
Schellong doesn’t look at the water rate increase as a tax. “Everyone here looks at us as we want to take your money and that’s not the case. We’re here to provide a service.”
Councilwoman Schellong, why don’t you look at cutting the City Manager’s $100,000+ yearly salary first? Or what about cutting Public Works Director, Eric Wier’s salary at $86,000/year. Wait, wait, wait, did you continue to vote for annual increases to City Attorney Bob Black’s contract. Yes, you did. Did you vote for those merit bonuses? Yes, you did. Your words are hollow, Kelly because your voting record speaks for itself.
Yes, we know you’re a single mom on a single income. The big difference between you and the majority of our folks living in this town is that you can still earn an income, Kelly. For those that have lived through the depression, suffered a disability or can’t find a job, you’re content to throw them away or throw them under the bus to feed the monster called GOVERNMENT. What is it about “fixed income” that you don’t understand? Oh, I know the answer to that one too. You’re not on a fixed income.