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Oligarchy: Thanks for Nothing

Posted on 2013.10.22 at 00:00
Current Location: 67114

Just got off the phone with the City of Anna. Apparently, if I want Water Service, I am required to also pay for Trash Service. Its a mandatory charge whether I want it or not. There is no way to have Water without also having Trash. The explanation was, "Minimum billing" which makes about as much sense as anything else the City has done to me lately. I suppose I should fall to my knees and thank the City didn't mandate I must pay for a host of other services I don't require, because at this point it sounds like they could certainly do so.

I took a look at the list of City Council members and know most of them personally. I know them to be honest, hard-working, honorable men. But I guess what the City wants, the City gets. And right now, the City wants to wring me out like a golden dishrag.


slchurchman at 2013-10-22 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure this duality in billing is to keep people from dumping their trash just anywhere. If you must pay for trash in order to have water, you will use the service rather than making the ditches, abandoned lots, etc. as your trash disposal service. As often happens when making rules, ordinances or laws, one size does not fit all.
ehowton at 2013-10-22 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Legislating morality. This I understand. Thanks for the assist!
slchurchman at 2013-10-22 19:17 (UTC) (Link)
While legislating morality may be part of it, I think it is also for cost savings. If trash is dumped on public property, guess who pays to clean it up.
ehowton at 2013-10-22 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm paying for it regardless of how :/
mr_dowg at 2013-10-22 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
Are you back in Anna now?
ehowton at 2013-10-22 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
Trying to sell the house. When the renter moved, the utilities had to go back into my name. Dealing with GCEC was an effortless joy - mostly because they were charging me for honest, tangible services.

How's the Northwest? Good coffee?
mr_dowg at 2013-10-22 19:19 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, ok. We have our house in Anna rented out right now but at some point in the future we will have to try to sell it!

The Northwest is GREAT! We are loving it! Pretty good coffee, but we are use to Chickory Coffee and you can't find that anywhere up here. I have to order our coffee for the house online!
ehowton at 2013-10-22 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
That's so funny (and ironic, living in the Land of Coffee). I always asked my Southern co-workers to bring back chickory coffee for me when I lived in Virginia (there was no such thing as, "online" back then...)

Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2013-10-22 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Ahah, so it is not just the UK that had mind-boggling policies with things like utilities. I much prefer how easy to understand everything was in South Africa (although, all houses would have been charged for refuse removal)
ehowton at 2013-10-22 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
Wherever there is bureaucracy, there will always be woefully illogical polices!
michelle1963 at 2013-10-23 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
Ran into the same thing in Vegas. Like WTH? And the city did not even run the trash service; a private company did. I didn't understand the reasoning behind it either. I think the explanation was something like "trash service is mandatory." No explanation as to why it was mandatory for house on the market with no one living in it.
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