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Since: Feb 11

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#1 Feb 3, 2011
I think this has gone too far now. My water bill went up an extra 14.50 just in surcharges for infrastructure and that will remain on the bill indefinitely and just a quick thought here with 7000 homes being affected that ads up to just over $100,000 A MONTH I hope someone is watching these boys with all there new found money. Bummer
JUSTAMOM

Homer Glen, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2011
My bill went from 55.00 to 94.00. I thought they were going to have a sales tax increase, instead of raising wate rates?
Red light

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Feb 3, 2011
I think we are getting a sales tax increase and a telephone or cell phone and a cable tv communication tax.
The water is really bad

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 3, 2011
losing faith in Lockport wrote:
I think this has gone too far now. My water bill went up an extra 14.50 just in surcharges for infrastructure and that will remain on the bill indefinitely and just a quick thought here with 7000 homes being affected that ads up to just over $100,000 A MONTH I hope someone is watching these boys with all there new found money. Bummer
I could understand paying $100 a month for Chicago water, but this junk water? Ugh.$100 Lockport Water + Drinking water = Too much. It just seems wasteful.
William

Lemont, IL

#5 Feb 3, 2011
Everyone complains about our water but I have four people on my block all over the age of eighty five and three of the four are very active and fit. They have lived here their whole lives. I will find out if they drink from the tap. If they do, I say drink up!
William

Lemont, IL

#6 Feb 3, 2011
By the way, I don't like the tax increase either, but it beats going down to the Des Plains river with a bucket.
Lockport Opinion

Lombard, IL

#7 Feb 3, 2011
This is a perfect example of why we need to get the elected bozo's in Lockport out of office and why we need new management on the payroll.

It's time to take back Lockport with new blood, not the same old same old idiots that keep running like Turner, Trivedi and the rest.
Hardliner

Lemont, IL

#8 Feb 3, 2011
Once the current high school bonds expire we will all see around a $300.00 savings on our real estate taxes. Take that money and purchase a Culligan reverse osmosis system for your kitchen. It's better than Chicago water. Also run a line from it to your refrigerator for ice. You'll never look back and will be so thankful that you didn't waste that money on a school we don't need.
Lockport Taxpayer

Oak Park, IL

#9 Feb 3, 2011
Hardliner wrote:
Once the current high school bonds expire we will all see around a $300.00 savings on our real estate taxes. Take that money and purchase a Culligan reverse osmosis system for your kitchen. It's better than Chicago water. Also run a line from it to your refrigerator for ice. You'll never look back and will be so thankful that you didn't waste that money on a school we don't need.
The increase in rates isn't all about the taste of the water.

It's also about being compliant with EPA standards that went into effect in 2008. Lockport isn't the only town in Illinois that isn't compliant with the new standards. There are hundreds of towns that have to make improvements too. The new rates are about 50 years of inaction of dozens of councils not making necessary infrastructure improvements. It's about being able to remove millions of gallons of water and treating that water from the far eastern portions of town. It's about being ready for 40,000 residents in the future.

All of that could have been done at a fraction of the cost years ago. But it wasn't.

That being said, I do agree it is time for new blood to be elected. The Trevedi/Turner gangs have been fighting each other going on 20 years. The gangs don't care about the citizens of Lockport. All they care about is making the other side look bad. Of the two, the Turner crowd is the worst.
Samual

Elmhurst, IL

#10 Feb 3, 2011
Lockport opinion = Darrin Deskin. The new Kelly Turner. I figured it out. I'll be reading more from you!

Since: Feb 11

Homer Glen, IL

#11 Feb 4, 2011
Lets not bring the new school into this. We all know it is a waste of money.
Getting back to the water rate increase, we all should be asking our alderman about why we are paying for new infrastructure for the downtown area that already has been designated a TIFF zone which that money was supposed to pay for when needed. Sure the development is not there yet, but then neither is the need for all new infrastructure either.
William

Lemont, IL

#12 Feb 4, 2011
Lockport Insider wrote:
Lets not bring the new school into this. We all know it is a waste of money.
Getting back to the water rate increase, we all should be asking our alderman about why we are paying for new infrastructure for the downtown area that already has been designated a TIFF zone which that money was supposed to pay for when needed. Sure the development is not there yet, but then neither is the need for all new infrastructure either.
Because all of the businesses down there still pay taxes the same as they always did.
Come on be civil

Chicago, IL

#13 Feb 4, 2011
Lockport Insider wrote:
Lets not bring the new school into this. We all know it is a waste of money.
Getting back to the water rate increase, we all should be asking our alderman about why we are paying for new infrastructure for the downtown area that already has been designated a TIFF zone which that money was supposed to pay for when needed. Sure the development is not there yet, but then neither is the need for all new infrastructure either.
I get what you're saying, honestly. However, they paid for additional infrastructure when the newer areas were built, albeit; with builder impact fees.

I believe what affects one area affects the others in regards to the rates because of water loss.
Lockport Opinion

Naperville, IL

#14 Feb 4, 2011
Lockport Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
The increase in rates isn't all about the taste of the water.
It's also about being compliant with EPA standards that went into effect in 2008. Lockport isn't the only town in Illinois that isn't compliant with the new standards. There are hundreds of towns that have to make improvements too. The new rates are about 50 years of inaction of dozens of councils not making necessary infrastructure improvements. It's about being able to remove millions of gallons of water and treating that water from the far eastern portions of town. It's about being ready for 40,000 residents in the future.
All of that could have been done at a fraction of the cost years ago. But it wasn't.
That being said, I do agree it is time for new blood to be elected. The Trevedi/Turner gangs have been fighting each other going on 20 years. The gangs don't care about the citizens of Lockport. All they care about is making the other side look bad. Of the two, the Turner crowd is the worst.
Yes, the new rates are about inaction and a majority of the council members that serve us today are part of that inaction. That is why they should all be replaced.

I'm guessing you forgot about the last election and the dirty politics that was thrown out of the Murphy/Trivedi camp. I have never seen such a dirty campaign in my life. Some of the things said were criminal and people should have been prosecuted for them. Both sides are disgusting and not fit to run a phone booth, much less our city.
Lockport Opinion

Naperville, IL

#15 Feb 4, 2011
Samual wrote:
Lockport opinion = Darrin Deskin. The new Kelly Turner. I figured it out. I'll be reading more from you!
Need to look a little deeper there buddy. Not even close, not even the same gender.
Lockport Taxpayer

Oak Park, IL

#16 Feb 4, 2011
Lockport Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, the new rates are about inaction and a majority of the council members that serve us today are part of that inaction. That is why they should all be replaced.
I'm guessing you forgot about the last election and the dirty politics that was thrown out of the Murphy/Trivedi camp. I have never seen such a dirty campaign in my life. Some of the things said were criminal and people should have been prosecuted for them. Both sides are disgusting and not fit to run a phone booth, much less our city.
The point I was trying to make is that the current or immediate past council aren't the one's responsible for the deterioration of the infrastructure. I'm in my 70's. I've lived here all my life. I've observed council after council for 50 years refuse to do anything. Why? Because they didn't want to raise taxes and lose re-election. So the problem just got passed on and on and on. Then in the past couple of years this council stepped up to the plate and finally addressed the issue. Instead of costing the tax payers $10's of thousands in 1960 it now will cost us millions.

That hurts!!

Addressing the issue had to be done sometime. Whenever that sometime happened there was going to be a lot of angry people. Yet, it's those same angry people that expect the roads to be taken care of, the sewers work and the water safe to drink (that's completely differnt than taste: get a $200 reverse osmosis device at Menard's) and the roads cleared off when there is 20 inches of snow.

It's real easy to complain about the people in office who actually did something. Heck, we've got four candidates running for office that are doing nothing but complaining. Of course, the last time I checked, a complaint isn't a solution or an idea.

I want people elected that don't dwell on perceived evils of what has gone before in Lockport. I don't want people elected who's sole purpose is to destroy the other side. I don't want people who will lie to us with a straight face and say, "Sure I'll cut your taxes and increase services at the same time".

That gets us nowhere. We, the residents of Lockport, deserve better than that.

Since: Feb 11

Homer Glen, IL

#17 Feb 4, 2011
Lockport Taxpayer wrote:
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The point I was trying to make is that the current or immediate past council aren't the one's responsible for the deterioration of the infrastructure. I'm in my 70's. I've lived here all my life. I've observed council after council for 50 years refuse to do anything. Why? Because they didn't want to raise taxes and lose re-election. So the problem just got passed on and on and on. Then in the past couple of years this council stepped up to the plate and finally addressed the issue. Instead of costing the tax payers $10's of thousands in 1960 it now will cost us millions.
That hurts!!
Addressing the issue had to be done sometime. Whenever that sometime happened there was going to be a lot of angry people. Yet, it's those same angry people that expect the roads to be taken care of, the sewers work and the water safe to drink (that's completely differnt than taste: get a $200 reverse osmosis device at Menard's) and the roads cleared off when there is 20 inches of snow.
It's real easy to complain about the people in office who actually did something. Heck, we've got four candidates running for office that are doing nothing but complaining. Of course, the last time I checked, a complaint isn't a solution or an idea.
I want people elected that don't dwell on perceived evils of what has gone before in Lockport. I don't want people elected who's sole purpose is to destroy the other side. I don't want people who will lie to us with a straight face and say, "Sure I'll cut your taxes and increase services at the same time".
That gets us nowhere. We, the residents of Lockport, deserve better than that.
Do you truly believe for one minute that the money raised from this water rate increase for infrastructure will truly be there when these projects begin. Most of these projects don't start for 4-5 yrs from now and that is just the planning and bidding process. If you think the money will be there, then you must also believe Obama is the greatest thing ever along with Obama-care. Yes the alderman should stop rubber stamping everything staff suggests, maybe time for new staff who live in the city as well. Staff that really knows what is going on, rather than running things from their office. I am sure there are plenty of qualified residents living in the city who can do the job if not better than staff now on hand. Want to fix things, clean house completely!!
Fed up citizen

Lemont, IL

#19 Feb 6, 2011
When will all of this stop? Who voted for this and recommended this, the staff members who live out of town? Senior citizens are not the only group of people that are on a fixed income. A 46% increase is ridiculous. Our taxes are already outrageous. My roads don't get plowed, the branches don't get picked up, the leaves are still under the snow.. I just don't get it!! The city put together a consortium to help pass the referendum for the high school and then in turn raise the water prices...Times are rough with the economy and people are tapped out with their finances. Way to go Lockport officials.

Since: Feb 11

Homer Glen, IL

#20 Feb 7, 2011
Fed up citizen wrote:
When will all of this stop? Who voted for this and recommended this, the staff members who live out of town? Senior citizens are not the only group of people that are on a fixed income. A 46% increase is ridiculous. Our taxes are already outrageous. My roads don't get plowed, the branches don't get picked up, the leaves are still under the snow.. I just don't get it!! The city put together a consortium to help pass the referendum for the high school and then in turn raise the water prices...Times are rough with the economy and people are tapped out with their finances. Way to go Lockport officials.
Gee you should thank Lockport, your area only went up 46% this year. Some areas went up over 65%. Of course everyone goes up another 15% next year along with 15% the following year. Check into it if you have doughts.
Curious George

Beecher, IL

#21 Feb 7, 2011
I remember reading somewhere that the increase was due to soem new EPA regulations and because we keep having water main breaks and because we need larger pipes to handle the water flow for fires, etc.

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