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YELM WATER BILL INSERT FILLED WITH 1/2 TRUTHS & MISLEADING STATEMENTS! PART 1

CITY OF YELM WATER CUSTOMERS SHOULD ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR WATER BILL INSERT.
City of Yelm August Water Customer Bill insert

ALL THREE ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE INSERT ARE ALL FILLED WITH INNUENDOS, MISCONCEPTIONS & OUTRIGHT LIES – THE CITY’S OWN WATER SYSTEM PLAN REVEALS THESE DECEPTIVE ANSWERS!

IF THE PUBLIC WERE ALLOWED A TOWN HALL MEETING AND PRESENTED WITH THE FACTS, WOULD THEY ACCEPT THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CITY’S WATER SYSTEM PLAN?
OF COURSE NOT!

Lets examine each question/answer in the City of Yelms Water Bill Insert to their customers, of which I am one, owning a home in Yelm.

QUESTION/ANSWER # 1 ON THE INSERT:
1. I am happy with the service I have. What will the increased rate fund?

Repairs and improvements are necessary to maintain the integrity of the Citys water system.

Yet while partially true, the city’s own Draft Water System Plan says 38% of that is to fund capital projects, which they dont tell you on the insert!

Chapter 9 Financial Plan
9.3.2 last paragraph, page 5:
“The 20-year capital funding plan identifies 38 percent of cash funding for capital projects (which includes system reinvestment). The cash funding is broken down between 15 percent SDC [system development charge] revenue, 16 percent rate funded system reinvestment, and 7 percent from the capital fund balance. It is assumed that revenue bonds will cover the remaining 62 percent of capital costs.

Chapter 9 Financial Plan
9.4.1.1 states:
An SDC [system development charge], also called a connection charge as provided for by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35.92.025, refers to a one-time charge imposed on new customers as a condition of connection to the utility system. The purpose of the SDC is twofold: to promote equity between new and existing customers, and to provide a source of revenue to fund capital projects

In addition, the net investment in the utility already collected from existing customers, through rates, charges, and/or assessments, would be diluted by the addition of new customers, effectively subsidizing new customers with prior customers payments. To establish equity, an SDC should recover a proportionate share of the existing and future infrastructure costs from a new customer. From a financial perspective, a new customer should become financially equivalent to an existing customer by paying the SDC.”

So, the city is saying in their own Draft Water System Plan that 38% is for capital projects to support for new customers over the next 20 years.

CITY OF YELM WATER CUSTOMERS GOT A NEW RATE STRUCTURE AND MAJOR INCREASE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1ST.
YET, THEY ARE NOT BEING TOLD THE TRUTH AND FACTS BY THE CITY, NOR WILL THEY READ ABOUT THIS IN THE NVN!
THE CITY EXPECTS NO ONE WILL READ NOR WILL THE NVN REPORT ON THE TRUTH OF THE DRAFT WATER SYSTEM PLAN AND SO, WILL DO NOTHING, AS IS USUALLY THE CASE IN THE CITY OF YELM.

This is very simple to understand when broken down and dissected…

The City of Yelm property & business owners are getting a 1-2-3 stomach punch from the city with increased water fees, 2% increase in B & O taxes & staff cutbacks. Notice that voters mostly rejected the proposed fire authority, with with the Regional Fire Authority measure failing by 56%, and the next ballot count is today.
Mayor Harding told the NVN, “Harding said its interesting that the proposition isnt passing in District No. 4.
Its interesting because it doesnt cost them anything, Harding said. It tells me that message hasnt gotten out to enough voters.
HMMM! Maybe many voters are saying they just do not trust the charade of Yelm City Hall deceptions, lack of fiscal restraint and outright contempt for the public.

While NVN editor/publisher Graves has been very outspoken in his condemnation of city affairs in Roy & Rainier, including this week’s op-ed about Rainier Schools titled “Where do I go to board the gravy train?” about the $10,000 severance package to former Rainier High School Principal Jeff Weeks, Mr. Graves has been mute on the $11.4 million the City of Yelm is foisting on their property owners to pay for water systems for MPCs [Master Planned Communities], all disclosed in public documents, just like the public documents he referenced in the Rainier Schools issues.

I do agree with Mr. Graves on this op-ed quote, however, “Meanwhile, this experience will hopefully serve as yet another lesson of why public servants should not be doing their jobs behind closed doors.”
Yet, when we will read Mr. Graves’ condemnation of the Yelm City Council’s closed-to-the-public Executive Sessions “to discuss potential litigation and possible real estate acquisition”? HMMM!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE ON THE $11.4 MILLION IN PART TWO TOMORROW FOLLOWED BY PART THREE ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS INVESTIGATIVE REPORT!

Posted by Steve on August 24, 2009 at 4:11 am | Permalink

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