Paso Robles City Manager Jim App/City Council know best how to spend our money and wait until it is a “crisis” to spend it. In the past, I have toured the Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant a time or two each year to visit city employees and view first-hand the concerns they have expressed to me about our seweage treatment plant. I have asked local news media to accompany me on these tours, and some have, at times.
If you attend City Council meetings now and back then, you will discover that the treatment plant receives little public attention or comment, but gains a lot of behind-the-scenes attention. It is an embarrassment, because today’s city leadership doesn’t hear its own employees until it is too late.
Remember the water rate increase debate: Only 30 percent of the water you receive goes back to the sewage treatment plant! Our sewer bill should be based on that same 30 percent of water used that goes back to the sewage treatment plant.
The other suggestion I have for App/City Council knowing best is to install pay public toilets; this way you truly pay as you “go.” Consider water rate, sewer rate, and tax rate increases.