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Letter: I protest Lodi’s water rate increase

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00 am

I do want to protest the water rate increases. I actually want to protest any and all increases. The first thing, 3 percent compounded over six years? I sure wish I could have run my drug store like this.

You folks in government have an obligation to we the people. The government belongs to us — we the people — and you have stolen it. When is the last time you reduced a tax or fee, or eliminated a fee? I guarantee you if you would have department heads sit down with me and another person or two, we could not only reduce fees and taxes but give the folks a rebate.

Think about city sales tax back just to 1968. Most sales tax was 4 cents on the dollar — 4 percent. Let’s say the gross revenue for a city was X. Now 45 years later, let’s say the revenue is 25x. Instead of living in your means of 4 percent of 25x, you now get 8 or 9 percent. It never stops. If the gross revenue was $4 million back then (just a number), 4 percent would have been $160,000. Now today let’s say it is $4 million x 25 or $100 million; 4 percent tax would be $4 million; instead the tax is $8 million, providing I did the math correctly.

Dennis Vatica


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