Fee increase could sink water, wastewater budgets
Thursday, May 4, 2006
The city of San Diego's water and sewer departments are both violating state and federal regulations and need millions of dollars for upgrades.
The city cannot borrow money on the bond market, and private financing depends on rate increases. But Carl Demaio of the watchdog group The Performance Institute says if the council votes for a rate increase he'll start collecting signatures for a ballot measure this November
Demaio: "I stand here today to give you notice taxpayers are turning off the money spigot."
Demaio cites a grand jury report showing inappropriate use of water and sewer funds. Water officials say since the city couldn't borrow money, some dollars earmarked for bond repayments were used instead on urgent capitol project upgrades.
The mayor's water and sewer audit will announce findings within six weeks . Alison St John, KPBS News.
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