If you live in our fair city and received a
sewer bill you probably noticed the increase
in what you pay.
The increase came in around 13% for the
first year, then another 13% the following
year, followed by a 5% increase the third
While those numbers are technically true we
wondered what the actual amount of this
increase would be. We are not mathematicians
so our numbers could be wrong, but here is
what we came up with.
The first year is 13%. However, the second
year is 13% of 113% or closer to 14.5%. The
third year is then 5% of roughly 127.5% or
This means the second and third increases do
not equal 18% but closer to 21%. May not seem
like much to some but we don’t throw our
Occasionally we will get a few dollars out
of the bank on payday so we will remember what
they look like as due to the cost of living
and higher taxes we don’t get to see cash
Then came the news that the city reimbursed
residents who had sewers back up in their
houses around $170,000 which adds $2 to
everyone’s sewer bill.
The city admitted the aging sewers caused
the problem, said they weren’t going to fix
problem, and now charge us $2 on every
sewer bill we receive.
Said $2 is supposedly included the mentioned
increases but it still has us wondering when
are the tax hikes going to ease up.
Comments are always welcome.