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Letters to the Editor

February 22, 2014

LETTER: Utility bills' ‘fat' feeds government

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dennis Gronquist


To the editor:

The most significant problem with Stillwater municipal government is lack of awareness. The apathy of the voters is prevalent except on such rare occasions as when “more taxes” riles up a voter rebellion. Then the common sense of the voters comes out in force. Even the City Council does not know the extent of what they have done and the media is nearly silent on the subject.

I believe that if the voters knew that 30-plus percent of their utility bills is fat (excess funds) that is given back to the city general fund by the SUA to fatten up the city staff, the public would not like it. The city staff is supposed to run on sales taxes that we have voted on. These SUA excess funds are backdoor taxation by the City Council on the voters they are supposed to represent. 

It amounts to $18 million dollars this year, which is about $5 million more than it was just three years ago. When will the City Council do something for the citizens to correct this discrepancy?

How can this go on? It is the result of legalized public deception. Where “Restricted Funds” are used for everyday expenses and utility rates are inflated by using scare tactics on the council. Are these public services really serving the public, or are they meant to serve the public servants at the public’s expense? 

Please ask your friends how they like their utility rates.


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