Good Day, this letter is in regard to the Free Press article from 25 October 2011 with the headline “County water rates shown to be on the higher end in municipal comparison”.
I read, with extreme interest, the article in which there is a comparison of many local communities and how the editor of the paper states that Sturgeon County is at the higher end of the communities with regard to utility rates. The shock, to me as a citizen of Morinville, was the standing of the town of Morinville on this list! In the local area, Gibbons came in at $73.35, St Albert came in at $80, Sturgeon County came in at $85.93 and Morinville came in at $141.92! This was for an average customer’s water and wastewater usage of 22 cubic meters per month! I am hoping that this is a misprint? However, I know it is not because my water / wastewater consumption for the month of September was 12 cubic meters (when I include my garbage fee of $15 for one pick up a month), my bill was $94 and change!
I would like ALL members of town council to explain why these fees are so high? Obviously, there are reasons and I, as a taxpayer of Morinville, demand to know them. This is outrageous! Is this another way of generating revenue to pay for upgrades within town, or to subsidize more developers
to build more housing (even though the town does not have the infrastructure to support the residents they have now), or to pay off the new Community Center white elephant?
What reasons could there possibly be that would require the citizens of Morinville to pay almost twice the amount that our surrounding neighbours pay for the necessities of living in Morinville? Is the town in that bad of financial shape that it must raise fees (read “hidden taxes”) to stay afloat?
I am still at a loss to understand why I cannot communicate directly with any / all of the Councillors of Morinville directly! The Mayor is the only one who has an e-mail account. Why must I have my e-mails screened by an executive assistant? I am pretty sure that all the Councillors are computer literate, so what is the problem? Is “big brother” watching? I have raised this issue in the past and have been contacted by a couple of Councillors through their personal e-mails.
This is totally unacceptable! I see that almost every employee of the
town of Morinville has a Morinville e-mail address! Why not the Councillors?
Town Council – SOME ANSWERS PLEASE!