In Watchdog’s April 20 posting, “Ricky Bobby Says If Your Not First, You’re Last“, Watchdog was caught with an inaccuracy by none other than the mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico. I like to say ‘inaccuracy’ when it applies to me, but when it applies to someone else, well then, they are flat out wrong. You can call that a double-standard, which is exactly what it is.
The posting was about Naperville being selected as the second best city in the U.S, in which to live. This was determined by a number of factors including survey of 397 reviews, of which two people rated Naperville as a ‘terrible’ place to live. I mentioned that the two people had probably just opened their electric bills prior to answering the survey. In fairness to me, that could be true, but that’s not what the mayor caught me on.
I also said, “Naperville will probably come in second place (Ann Arbor was first) for the next 28 years, the amount of time remaining on the horrendous electric utility contract hanging over Naperville like a bad three-piece suit.” Again, that could also be true, however Mayor Chirico did not call me out on that one either.
Mayor Chirico did call me out when I said, “Maybe Naperville should focus on Ann Arbor to see what they are doing that we could be doing better. My guess is that it’s the electric bill”, meaning that Ann Arbor’s electric rates were lower than Naperville’s. The mayor jumped on that like white on rice when he said, “Ann Arbor’s electric rates are significantly higher than Naperville…and as it turns out, the national average, which is just slightly below what Naperville residents pay”. Mayor Chirico not only said it, he verified it with the following link:
Oops, Watchdog’s guess was flat out wrong and the mayor had the smoking gun to prove it.
Naperville’s residential electric rates are 10.16 cents / kWh. Ann Arbor’s residential rates are 14.13 cents / kWh.
Naperville’s commercial and industrial electric rates are also lower than Ann Arbor’s rates.
The bottom line is that Watchdog was wrong. Naperville pays less for electric than Ann Arbor. However, that still begs the question, why did Ann Arbor rate first, while Naperville came in second place? It could be that traffic flow is better in Ann Arbor, or it could be that the Big Ten football team in Ann Arbor would be a slight favorite against Naperville’s North Central team.
Considering Watchdog was wrong about the electric rates, I’ll give it another guess, it’s sesame seed bagels. More seeds in Ann Arbor than in Naperville. Let’s see if the mayor can disprove that one.