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Since 2011, raising rates, fees, and fines 43 times
COLUMBIA, Mo 1/8/16 (Beat Byte)
-- The New Year will bring more of the same from Columbia city government: rate, fine, and fee hikes that will swell city coffers to well over
$250 million if current trends hold
Since he took office in 2011, city manager Mike Matthes has persuaded City Council members to pass a total of forty three (43) increases in critical consumer services such as water, sewer, electric, parking, and garbage utilities. Part one of this series describes the first 24.
City Hall has a monopoly on most city services , and a huge impact on consumer costs. Columbia's cost of living is now the highest in the state .
City government also collects nearly one dozen taxes, including property taxes; sales taxes for general services, capi...
A wise profit sharing plan apparently ignored. Part 2 in a series
Housing costs are more than just rent or mortgage
COLUMBIA, Mo 12/2/15 (Beat Byte)
-- As Columbia City Hall kicks off a two-day
"affordable housing symposium"
some are calling "extravagant," one of the city's top utility experts is sounding the alarm over skyrocketing utility bills.
"Utility costs are one of the most significant barriers to affordable housing," Bill Weitkemper explained in a Nov. 26 email to City Council members.
A retired sewer utility supervisor, Weitkemper won the first Robb Award for Public Service. He currently sits on a city commission charged with utility planning.
A dizzying series of rate hikes city manager Mike Matthes has enacted helped propel Columbia to the Missouri city with the highest cost of living .
The minimum utility charge for a 750 sq. ft. home -- a typica...
Moral imperative? Or more lies?
COLUMBIA, Mo 9/7/...