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PUYALLUP: Council shouldn’t make utility decisions

Letter by Michael D. Stanzel, Edgewood on May 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm | 1 Comment »
May 23, 2011 1:53 pm

The Puyallup City Council has no business making business decisions for the city-owned water utility

Mayor Kathy Turner has repeatedly stated that she represents the citizens of Puyallup. Therefore, she and the rest of the council have a conflict of interest in making rate and application fee decisions for people she seems to have almost a personal disdain for.

She and other members of the council have accused residents of Pierce County as being deadbeats who don’t pay their fair share to the city. She avoids the fact that the city charges water utility customers who are residents of Pierce County a 150 percent surcharge for monthly water rates and are going to start charging them twice the going rate for system development charges and tapping fees.

Interestingly, she and other council members enjoy paying no property taxes to the city for the “luxury condominiums” they live in just across from City Hall.

Councilman Kent Boyle attempted to rationalize charging utility customers in the county extra because people in the city have to pay for curbs, gutters and sidewalks. These are not the kind of decisions or logic that a civil engineer or qualified utility board would be making.

He even complained that people who don’t live in the city are driving on city roads. I’ll suggest to the Puyallup Main Street Association to start putting up signs telling people who don’t live here to keep out. I’m sure Puyallup residents can keep the South Hill Mall full on their own.

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