Looking further into "costs" of service for our water, how many different ways is administrative overhead charged to the Water Fund? This pie chart shows several.
- "Administrative Services" (8% direct allocation from water bill)
- "Other Expenses" (2% direct allocation from water bill to pay Community Development Department, Human Resources Department, Parks & Rec Department, the City Council, and the City Manager)
- "Franchise Fee" (11% direct allocation from water bill to pay for the Finance department, City Administrator, City Attorney, and the City Clerk for their respective DIRECT SERVICES to the Municipal Utilities Department- see Resolution 5184 below)
|Resolution 5184, 1970|
Good grief! That's 21% of the Water Fund or $4,746,000. If that number sounds familiar, it should. That's the same amount being allocated to the Maintenance Services Department which are probably direct costs and not bloated overhead.
No wonder City Hall doesn't want the Water Fund audited!
The bottom line here is that everyone it seems has their hand in the Water Fund. Adding additional taxes to current or future water rates is unacceptable and will not solve City Hall's spending problem.