Who at the federal level are we not sleeping with to get the funding that seems to grow on trees for other cities? From the AJC:
(Mayor Shirley) Franklin’s already bumped up sewer rates 70 percent in five years. So if all the rate hikes are adopted by the Atlanta City Council in June, the average household’s water bill will have jumped from $50 to $135 over 10 years — a 170 percent increase. At the same time, the Department of Watershed Management will propose cutting about 140 positions to save money.
“It does not surprise me that this is an expensive project,” Franklin said. “It appears until the federal government decides that water quality is important at the federal level, the average folks are going to have to continue to pay.”
Gena Abraham for Atlanta Mayor in ’09! Full stinky sewer situation story here.