The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

July 11, 2014

City must find a way to fund sewer work

Breaking news this week — EPA mandates are forcing the city of Clinton to evaluate how to fund future sewer improvements.

OK, maybe this topic is reviewed each year, but if you checked out Facebook on Tuesday in anticipation of the Clinton City Council meeting, an observer may have gleaned that the EPA handed down these mandates this week. That, of course, isn’t even close to the truth, and I can’t blame the city for not making this issue more prevalent.

They’ve harped about the impending doom of these EPA mandates for as long as I’ve been a Clinton resident (which is six years and counting), and from what I have heard and read from the past, the writing has been on the wall for longer than just my tenure as a citizen.

So, we’ve been down this road, and as was already discussed one year ago at a work session, the council this week looked at the viability of a stormwater utility.

The council this week struck down an attempt at initiating a stormwater utility. Many of the people who ran for office in 2013 campaigned for no new taxes, so it was unlikely this would have passed anyway.

This decision leaves us where we started at the beginning of the year — what do we do with the sewers?

To think the council will vote for increased fees is a long shot. I know city officials’ job is to make the city solvent, but citizens have become much more vocal in rallying against increased taxes. I’ve written many times before about our not-so-dubious honor of having the highest sewer rates in the state, and to ask citizens to shoulder the burden of more taxes, is too much to ask at this point.

Just take a look at the recent election in November, when more than 60 percent of citizens voted against two measures that would have increased taxes to assist in paying for future sewer work.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Scott Levine mug LEVINE: Hope is back at Roosevelt building

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Holly Youngquist Friends of the Library book sale is underway

    Friends of the Library Book Sale is open now. The sale is open to all until 8 p.m. today and on Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Finally, Saturday, Aug. 2, is box day. From 9 a.m. to  3 p.m., books will sell at $3 per box.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cremation service helped pet owner in her time of need

    I wanted to share some positive news about a business located in Clinton that I’m guessing most residents aren’t aware even exists. It’s Northridge Pet Cremation on Main Avenue and for me they were recently a godsend.

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Cappella choir concert was a success

    The CHS A Cappella reunion was great. It was real great to hear so many good voices of so many former choir members.

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time to boost social security

    It's time for Congress to act so that Social Security benefits can finally start to keep pace with the cost of living.

    July 31, 2014

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Off and on the record Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White Hous

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook