It doesn’t seem that long ago, when the McCoy’s and Hatfield’s (city officials and Smart Meter opponents) were going at it with each other, over the benefits and atrocities of Smart Meters. Ultimately it came down to the ‘Golden Rule’; he who has the gold makes the rules, when the city crushed all but one resident (Kim Bendis) for resisting the forced installation of Smart Meters on their homes and businesses.
I succumbed to the pressure of resisting the installation when two Naperville police officers (guns ready if needed) escorted two meter installers to my home and slapped a meter on the exterior. I folded like a picnic chair and accepted my brand new shinny meter while chatting with both officers who were less than happy about having this assignment.
The good news was that if what city officials said about saving money on my electric bill was true, I might be able to save a buck or two. I knew the chances of that were one in a million, but it was still a chance.
As it turned out, I haven’t saved a penny with my now-less-than-shinny smart meter; in fact city officials increased the rate for electric, and get ready because it’s going to happen again.
At least it won’t come as a surprise. Smart meter opponents (Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group) knew it would happen, and Mayor Steve Chirico confirmed it during the last city council meeting.
It’s never pleasant hearing that electric rates are increasing, or a city sales tax is imminent, but residents would rather hear it straight, than to be played for fools.