Matt Pitzer, responding to a KOMU report regarding “forgotten funds” for water service, stated “When we ask for a bond issue that’s going to lead to a rate increase then we should do what we said we were going to do.” Mayor Treece criticized Water & Light for not “keeping promises they made.” Yet both have stood in the way of proceeding with the needed changes in our transmission infrastructure. This despite a public vote approving the related bond issue and a 3% rate increase that has been in place for several years now. How might we hold Council accountable when it is responsible for the change or misdirection of funds voted by the public? A change that has cost us millions to date? How might we require an accounting of the overall costs incurred?
Electricity is one of our most critical services. More of us need to be informed in order to understand the decisions made and their consequences for cost and reliability of service. Osher is offering a class that can help you understand the issues affecting your electric service so that you can better monitor and weigh in on emerging issues. You can register for one of two sections, one on Monday afternoons (March 9-April 6) and one on Tuesday evenings (April 14-May 5).