Letter: Error in judgment
To the editor:
After reading the article about the sewer service rate hike in our local paper, I could not believe my eyes. The amount of 40 percent was not a type error. I wish there had been a mistake made in the article! Nevertheless, there has definitely been an error in judgment on behalf of our City Council members that voted in this exorbitant increase.
Do you remember the recession? People are hurting. Seniors on Social Security have had no cost-of-living allowances for two years. Few people I know are receiving pay increases. Most have had hours cut back. Has any city personnel had to tighten their belts?
I have lived in Basehor since the late 1970s and have seen little updating to the infrastructure in my area of the city — same sewer lines, same water lines, same meters, etc.
The only large change I have witnessed, and I must be honest here, is the huge increase in my taxes. I have seen my taxes go from $600 in 1977 to more than $2,000 in 2010.
I’m not the only citizen who is bent out of shape over this matter.
At the present rate City Hall is being run, people will stop buying homes here in Basehor and start moving elsewhere. I’ve heard this comment from several people, and I’ll add myself to that list.