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Letter to the editor: Where did the money go?

To the editor:

So, the city has been charging extremely high fees for our water and sewer, all the while stating, for almost 40 years, that the reason rates have been raised continuously over that time, is due to the need for upgrading the system, then placing the increases into the general fund, to use for other purposes.

It can’t be roads or streets, because they want to raise the gas tax due to deteriorating conditions there. It can’t be improving downtown, because they passed LID’s and got grants for that. Perhaps it is time to ask some tough questions, the legislature already had to pass a bill, directed solely at this city, for some, shall we say, improper charging of fees for property owners who wanted to divide lots, for improvements that might someday be done...or not.

Perhaps if the city had used the increases back in the 80’s and beyond, to actually improve the water-sewer system, we would not be facing, as the city has decided, a doubling of the rates by 2022.

Perhaps it is time for the attorney general to appoint an auditor to investigate where all of this money has gone. Perhaps this city should get out of the water and sewer business and allow a reputable utility such as PUD, to provide those services at cost, you know, someone who knows how to use a pencil to cut unnecessary expenses and frills and give the people the lowest rates they can, while improving the system, without the deception.

Greg Place

The Dalles

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