Hold on to your water faucets and spigots; water rates are going up again in Naperville. Naperville city officials are keeping residents busy running back and forth between their electric and water meters. No sooner do city officials give residents a round-house sucker punch with sky-rocketing electric rates, they then follow-up with a left jab and low blow in the form of rising water rates. Not only that, but city officials also want to inflict an upper cut to residents with a surcharge for water usage.
Naperville wants a 3% water rate increase per year through 2021, in addition to adding a 50-cent monthly surcharge this year, and increasing the surcharge to $1 monthly in 2018, then increasing it to $1.80 per month for the years 2019 through 2021. After that, if residents are still using water, the rates could challenge your car or mortgage payments. In essence, Naperville city officials raise the water rates because they can. It’s as simple as that.
City officials say the surcharge is to offset the expense of meeting new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency standards requiring the removal of phosphorus from wastewater prior to dumping it into the DuPage River. The surcharge is to keep the EPA happy, until the current federal administration can pull a Houdini on the EPA and make it disappear.
Why are Naperville city officials raising water rates? City officials say it’s needed to repay the Naperville electric utility the $14.5 million it borrowed from the Naperville water department. That’s some clever financing and money manipulation that city officials use. The water department borrows from the electric department which borrows from the water department, and the beat goes on and on. As long as water can keep borrowing from electric and vice versa…no problems. Perhaps Naperville can take over the internet for the city. Wifi can be considered a utility. Another department that needs a department head and another utility to borrow against.