As far as anyone can remember only a handful of Fullerton employees fill out time sheets and account for their time spent on specific tasks or projects.
This was the case in 1970 when the City Council voted to tax the Water Fund 10% of the gross water sales. The blanket application of a percentage-based tax instead of the actual specific costs for service is indicative of poor management from people who had no idea just how much time and effort their employees spent working on water projects and tasks.
The City Manager has placed the elimination of the water tax on Tuesday's City Council agenda citing legal reasons, not economic reasons. He has very few economic reasons to support any tax because he has no proof of the time and effort spent by employees working on the system except for certain water system employees and engineering employees.
That being the case, how did the City and their consultant, Municipal & Financial Services Group, produce this chart?
Somehow city staff and the consultant concluded these figures and presented them to the Water Rate Study Ad Hoc Committee as facts for consideration when determining just how much water rates should be increased.
If we take a leap of faith that these numbers are remotely accurate, then there are no other costs. Therefor, any newly discovered "costs" are truly fabricated from thin air.
And then there is yet another problem.
Tuesday's City Council agenda contains a resolution which will, in essence, stop the water tax for May and June of 2012 and from then on. However, the 1970 resolution states that the 10% tax will be applied at the conclusion of the fiscal year. In other words, NO MONEY SHALL BE TRANSFERRED until June 30. Somehow, the City Manager has taken it upon himself to transfer funds BEFORE June 30. That's illegal.
Read the resolution for yourself, in particular the last paragraph:
Also, the agenda includes a rate hike to cover the "pass-through" increases from Metropolitan Water District and the Orange County Water District. The problem I have is that MWD will not be raising rates on Fullerton until January while the rate hike to you and I goes into affect on July 1.
The bottom line is that you, the ratepayer, must attend the City Council meeting on April 17, 2012 at 6:30PM (303 W. Commonwealth Ave.) and speak out on the continued gross financial mismanagement.