City Commissioner Jeff Krauss recently briefed Tom and Shane about the new proposal from the commission to raise water rates on Bozeman residents.

Listen to this informative “carrot and stick” interview with Jeff, Tom and Shane below.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Raising rates is not a new activity for the commission — but this time “Why” seems to be the reason we scratch our head in disbelief.

It seems that the commission is concerned with keeping the water facility in Bozeman operating in case of a drought when water usage might be curtailed.

If a drought were to happen then citizens would be asked not to water lawns or gardens or wash cars etc.

That would reduce utility income to the city and they might not be able to keep the plant operating, so the obvious answer is to raise rates now — to keep the water facility operating when revenues are reduced.

Yes, you read the correctly. Raise rates to prepare for something that might never happen.

Some Final Thoughts

Just when you think you’ve heard it all this commission shows you there’s no limit to their ability to find a ridiculous solution to a non-existent problem.

Perhaps looking out the window on Rouse they see a prosperous working community with a bottomless pit of cash in their pockets.

I’d suggest putting the rose-colored glasses back in the case and realizing that pie in the sky rate increases are the last thing Bozeman residents need right now.

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