This is an open letter to the city manager, mayor, council members and citizens of Lodi.
You may recall I came before you regarding the initial water meter fee of $1,200. I asked you to rethink the cost in the wake of the economic disaster for so many Lodi citizens. You did, lowering it to $300 — bravo.
As an owner of a duplex in phase one of water meter installations another nightmare ensued! I literally had to demand the water meter for our second unit be handed to me — the ordeal makes one wary at best of anything relating to continual fee increases. One questions where the money really goes and why the communications are rather vague.
By the way, the city has had our $300 since 2010 and we are not to receive our meter until 2017 or 2018 — which means the city, not us, benefits from all the citizens who paid up-front. I realize capital is always needed but may not be used prudently.
That being said, our decision is to oppose Proposition 218 on all of our properties. The letters to the editor in the News-Sentinel opposing this proposal speak loud and clear as to the citizenry’s stance. Think about council’s discussion regarding the developer fees being used to fund the water treatment plant, which was not needed at the time of construction — another questionable debacle.
Remember, you are elected to serve Lodi citizens and vote to reflect their views, not your own. I could not be at the meeting on Dec. 18 due to attendance at a family member’s Christmas program.
Norma and John Gates