Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski begins making his case to the public about lease plan
The turnout was only a trickle for Mayor Ed Pawlowski's first public meeting to explain why leasing Allentown's water and sewer systems would be a financial bonanza for the city.
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#1 Aug 3, 2012
Everything he does is a financial bonanza to the city, isn't it? All go the way of The Fegleys. His honor tires easily of others and then casts them aside. Guess he has moved on to the ranks of JB Really and the band aid boys.
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#2 Aug 3, 2012
The comments that failed to make the article :
"Sam Bernhardt, of Food & Water Watch, said cities with privatized water and sewer systems pay an average of 33 percent more for their water and 63 percent more for their sewage.
The lease is essentially a loan that consumers will pay back in water and utility rates, Bernhardt said."
Rates will rise up to 100% over the next five years if the do the kings plan. All because of the pension obgligation for the employees. How much extra can we pay to live in the city?
#3 Aug 3, 2012
If I had someone help me in preparing this powerpoint hour long rambling only to in the end mumble about the hockey arena? Politicians have been touching allentowns money that is revenue" round and round" never really meant to be spent except on the generating entity only?
These politicians have been proped up to take the blame for the three suits that proped up the dummy?
#4 Aug 3, 2012
"They're up 196 percent over the last 20 years, and up 60 percent the last 10 years," he pointed out. But the lease agreement would establish an Office of Customer Ombudsman to monitor potential rate hikes, and the Public Utility Commission would also have to approve any increases, Pawlowski said.
Then he moved on to ideas to raise money to meet those liabilities, including many years of large tax hikes, floating pension bonds, and leasing or selling city assets such as the municipal golf course and the parking authority. None of those ideas would work, Pawlowski said.
"If we do this (lease), I don't think we'll have to raise property taxes for another five years," Pawlowski said.
To city employees worried that they would be replaced, Pawlowski promised the lease would require the new operator to hire all city water and sewer employees and assume their labor contract.
"My goal is that no one loses their jobs," Pawlowski said.
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#5 Aug 3, 2012
His powerpoint gralfs and charts would be an A if he was doing his thesus for a degree in anything but mayor. We all know a thesus is bullshiting to make the people observing the description of the report. I was there and observed and he almost had believing he new what he was talking about until the mention of the arena. Than the lady reading the publics questions he recieves an F because of the mention of the arena and AFD and APD pension than the numbers match lease=220 mil, arena = 220 mil. What I took away from that meeting was the pensions will be put on the back burner again for yet another failing pet project of the king and his court jesters.
By the way the latino community is not well represented by holio guirdy when he is just another slumlordian taking advantage of his own people! I will have plenty of his people sign the no sale of the allentown water works at the next meeting and present them to the mayor himself. The people that have signed have been explained to by an interpritor what and why the should sign or not. Til than maybe the town bully can plan on taking the next meeting hostage again
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