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We want transparency, efficiency and equality | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor:
It seems appropriate that Bob Fortner used quotation marks around the word “fixed” when he described the actions of last year’s lame duck city council regarding the Winslow water utility.
The council’s actions at that time, after citizens had clearly spoken at the ballot box, was a brazen attempt to maintain the status quo in the profoundly flawed city utilities (and, by extension, in everything else in the extant city government).
The relative inefficiencies in the utility are still the same.
The unequal tax applied to the rates is still the same.
The conflict of interest in city hall is still the same.
The lack of transparency is now worse because the former council has further obscured the issues by making a show of lowering rates.
“Fixed” indeed; as in “The fix is in.”
The outgoing council’s decision to act on this important matter, before a new council could be seated, did nothing but add to the “brokenness” of the utility by thwarting the will of the voters.
The council members who Bob finds fault with are trying to do the job that they were elected to do and that most citizens served by the utilities (primarily in the Central Ward) demand. That is, to provide transparency, efficiency and equality in the provision of the service and in the associated taxation.
Bob mentions island-wide consequences of divestiture without providing any specifics. The only negative consequences I can think of would be to the agenda of total control that is doggedly pursued by the old-school Bainbridge political faction that Bob embraces.
The people responsible for the ongoing travesty are the ones that Bob Fortner importunes us to trust in the conclusion of his rambling column. Do not be confused.