Water Conservation Pays….The City…

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February 1, 2013 by meximo70


HotDish Hell Town Hall

HotDish Hell Town Hall

Faced with higher expenses than forseen, the city of HotDish Hell, MN is raising it’s utility rates from 8-12%.

The multi-million dollar water plant they are currently building has become more expensive than initially planned. Part of that reason, according to council member Hurka Derc, “the people of HotDish Hell have conserved water too well.”

HDH New H2O Facility

HDH New H2O Facility

Probably not by choice, since the city of HotDish Hell imposed a water ban last year because lake levels and drought conditions of last summer. If caught breaking the water ordinance, you would be hit with a heavy fine; as Meximo Gundersen almost found out when washing skunk junk off his dog.

hellcityhallwtrbanSo because of the imposed water ban, the citizens of HotDish Hell did not consume the amount of water the city council would hope they would leaving them scratching their heads on how to acquire revenue for the new water plant.

Now, they’ve decided to up utilities for the residents by near 12%. A penalty for city imposed water conservation. Now there’s a money maker we never saw coming.

We were told we weren’t going to get increases, but we did. On top of that, we got them for a building that isn’t built yet.

City Manager: Mike Humble

City Manager: Mike Humble

Mike Humble, the new HotDish Hell City Administer said that although there are millions of dollars in a slush fund for emergencies, he didn’t want to touch it because he didn’t want to be known as the administrator who “pushed the button”.

While another council member pointed out that those that can’t afford the increase, are getting a bigger rate taken than someone who can afford the increase. Humble told him “Shut up! I’m running the show, and if i say it’s 12% across the board, it’s 12% across the board!!”

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2 thoughts on “Water Conservation Pays….The City…

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    In other words, whatever you did last summer, you lost. I’ve wondered the same thing about our electricity bill.

    We have a time-of-use policy in effect for our province dictating when it’s cheaper for us to use electricity. When implemented it was supposed to save money if everyone used their electricity during the “off-peak” times. Supposedly. Instead, the time-of-use actually increased our pricing so as to collect more revenue for the very same amount of wattage we used! For instance, last month I used 500 kwh and was charged 7 cents per kwh. But this month I used 500 kwh but was charged 6.5 cents for off-peak, 8 cents for “mid-peak”, and 10 cents for “high-peak”. I ended up paying $20 more a month.for the very same usage. Now, what some families are doing is running the dishwasher at 2 in morning to gain in the off-peak pricing. Also, the laundry gets done on weekends only. Why? You got it: off-peak pricing. It was a sneaky way to slip in a price hike without the province stating that it was a price hike.

    Anyway… Here’s a suggestion: your town council and my provincial government should get together sometime and go bowling. It sounds like they would get along famously!

    • meximo70 says:

      hahahahahaa! this is the same city council that wanted to build an Aquatic Park even though we have 5 lakes in town. The townspeople wanted the money to go towards upgrading our parks and make them more user friendly with the lakes incorporated with them. But they voted on the Aquatic Park instead. the AP is only open limited hours, and if there is a cloud in the sky, they close. and i can’t count how many times they’ve closed because some kid used the pool for a toilet. plus it’s only open a couple months in the summer. Most people in town use the lakes anyways because it’s free. For some reason, the city is afraid of tourist dollars.
      but regarding the utility hike, the city sits on top of a large aquifer, and they could have used that for our water supply, but they were adamant on using the lakes. now the lakes are down to record levels and they are finding they may not be able to use it. the chemicals used to purify the lake are different than if they used the aquifer, so if they have a change of heart, they’ll have to switch all their equipment over because it’s not rated to take on the different chemical process. sigh. idiots.

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