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11-13-2018 CC Rpt 08Meeting date:; REQUEST TO SPEAK COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES The Red Light on the podium indicates your time has elapsed NOTE — THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT SUBJECT TO POSTING ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO SPEAK, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY FOR THE CITY CLERK TO CALL UPON YOU, PLEASE PRINT Name: Company/Association/Organization (if any): Address or Area of Residence (Optiona I wish to speak under: 1. PUBLIC COMMENTS SECTION L j Subject: I I 1--)-s�WC7f.- 2. AGENDA ITEM NO. FAVOR OPPOSE The City Council is interested in your comments. You may address the City Council regarding any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, provided no action or discussion may be taken on items not appearing on the agenda unless authorized by law, except the City Council may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed. PLEASE SUBMIT TO CITY CLERK PRIOR TO MEETING 0 Meeting dater(/`1-3 cZ�00 1-11A REQUEST TO SPEAK COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES The Red Light on the podium indicates your time has elapsed NOTE - THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT SUBJECT TO POSTING ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO SPEAK, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY FOR THE CITY CLERK TO CALL UPON YOU. PLEASE PRINT/ Name: _ Company/Association/Organization (if any Address or Area of Residence (Optional): I wish to speak under: 1. PUBLIC COMMENTS SECTIQ Subject: IBJ !h /C - f /1- �� c 2. AGENDA ITEM NO. FAVOR OPPOSE The City Council is interested in your comments. You may address the City Council regarding any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, provided no action or discussion may be taken on items not appearing on the agenda unless authorized by law, except the City Council may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed. PLEASE SUBMIT TO CITY CLERK PRIOR TO MEETING Nov. 13, 2018 Mr. Mayor, Vice Mayor and Council, Date: Item: Distributed at the City Council Meeting after Agenda was posted I have reviewed our most recent water bill and I too am perplexed. We were paying $19.79 dollars per month for the services and that rose to $22.11. That's an increase of 11.72%. What happened to the 8% increase we were told about? I had a conversation with a member of the council many months ago asking him why do we have such a large surplus? At the time it was 23 million dollars. I said the city has no way of making money. By that I mean we don't sell a product and make a profit. The response I received was the following. "We do too make money; we get grants from the county, state and federal government." Council that is NOT making money, that is taking money from us tax payers. I was also informed that the large surplus was because, and I quote, "We are prudent with our money." That was then, now the surplus has swelled to 37.9 million as of May 2018 according to the information that was reported in our local newspaper by Marianne Napoles, who obtained the information from the city hall. You call it being prudent, I call it being over -taxed. At what point will you see it our way? When the surplus reaches 50 million, 75 million, or a round figure of a 100 million? Or perhaps it is skies the limit. Where is the tipping point? When will you say maybe we are over taxing our people. When the service charge was only $19.79 based on 24,133 services the city was bringing in 5 million 7 hundred 31 thousand dollars. With the increase it is now 6 million 402 thousand dollars. On the back of the water bill it explains what the money is used for: The last four charges are for customer service, utility billing, personnel and equipment. Aren't these items already being paid from our taxes the city receives? This appears like the city is double dipping. A cash cow you might say. I asked the council again at what point will you see it our way, that you are over taxing us. Council I am asking you to call the neighboring cities and see what their surplus is.. See if they even have a City Water Maintenance Charge that pays for utility billing, ,personnel, customer service and equipment. Council you have the authority to direct staff to lower these charges. The ball is in your court. I used to think that the main goal of the council was to look out for the people. Well, if you aren't looking out for us whom are you looking out for? Please think and give some consideration from what I have just stated. Thank you, James Milano Meeting date: 11"0— 1 cz�za cA REQUEST TO SPEAK COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES The Red Light on the podium indicates your time has elapsed NOTE — THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT SUBJECT TO POSTING ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO SPEAK, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY FOR THE CITY CLERK TO CALL UPON YOU. PLEASE PRINT 6 Name:-' J 4- Company/Association/Organization (if any): Address or Area of Residence (Optional): I wish to speak under: 1. PUBLIC COMMENTS SECTION Subiect: 2. AGENDA ITEM NO. FAVOR'' OPPOSE The City Council is interested in your comments. You may address the City Council regarding any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, provided no action or discussion may be taken on items not appearing on the agenda unless authorized by law, except the City Council may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed. PLEASE SUBMIT TO CITY CLERK PRIOR TO MEETING 0 IN Meeting date: C4 0� REQUEST TO SPEAK COMMENTS ARE LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES The Red Light on the podium indicates your time has elapsed NOTE — THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT SUBJECT TO POSTING ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO SPEAK, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY FOR THE CITY CLERK TO CALL UPON YOU. PLEASE PRINT Name: Name: j %?1 // // � —/ // Company/Association/Organization (if any Address or Area of Residence (Optional): I wish to speak under: 1. PUBLIC COMMENTS SECTION 2. AGENDA ITEM NO. FAVOR OPPOSE The City Council is interested in your comments. You may address the City Council regarding any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, provided no action or discussion may be taken on items not appearing on the agenda unless authorized by law, except the City Council may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed. PLEASE SUBMIT TO CITY CLERK PRIOR TO MEETING