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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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  • Jackson Scott posted at 3:31 pm on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    It is all relative Dennis. What was the average paycheck in 1968 for "any job." I'm sure the salary has doubled. The cost of goods has also probably doubled.

  • Ed Walters posted at 2:41 pm on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 631

    Dennis: To protest on a grand scale, try gasoline, though it won`t do you any good. It has come down somewhat, I wouldn`t expect to stay that way forever, to really complain, when I was many years younger, I could cross the Golden Gate Bridge for 25 cents, how times have changed. When it comes to water, more important that gas, oil or anything else I can think of. If the price of water goes up, evidently thats the price of doing business, I don`t like it either. The water we have here is the best there is to offer, and is there at the turn of a handle, perhaps better than that dopy bottled water, who`s containers you find everwhere, mostly in the street and parks, and you have no idea where is came from. As Walter states, if your going up against the City Council, as the old Gunny in the Marine Corps told us, before doing anything, formulate a plan, also have a plan B since plan A never works anyway. If your going to win, you have to beat them at their own game.

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:43 pm on Thu, Nov 7, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1184

    "If you want to influence the City Council..."

    Dennis, you need a social network.

    One that is comprised of like minded individuals just as upset about this as you are.

    The Lodi Tea Party can help.

    Party? Not so much, it's more of a club but they mean business. Serious business.

    So come on by, meet the group and share your feelings. You'll feel better.

    Besides, they got a plan.

    Do you like public speaking as much as you like writing letters???


  • Ed Miller posted at 10:00 am on Thu, Nov 7, 2013.

    Ed946 Posts: 70

    If you want to influence the City Council on this and other subjects, please come and join us at the Tuesday morning shirtsleeve and Wednesday night formal meetings (first and fourth Wednesdays). I know they welcome and encourage citizen participation in City decision making.
    Ed Miller


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