Nine Months Later And You’re Still Paying the Illegal Water Tax

It has been said that the only two certainties are death and taxes.

That sure seems to be the case when you consider Fullerton’s illegal 10% tax on water that you are forced to pay with each bill. The cowards haven’t even got the guts to add it as a line item on the bill. Wouldn’t want nosy citizens asking embarrassing questions, now would we?

Nine months ago the City was challenged on the legality of the notorious “in-lieu fee” that adds over $2,500,000 to the City General Fund coffers every year. What did they do? They decided to study. And study. And study some more.

The Three Dead Batteries.

Well, the study isn’t done yet. But guess what? You still pay that tax. An honest government would have gotten a definitive legal opinion from a competent attorney (ahem) and immediately reported to the public. Not in Fullerton, where the idea seems to be to keep soaking the public until some judge, or a recall election makes them fix the problem. In the meantime they’ve collected two million bucks to pay for things like councilmen Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley’s six-figure pensions.

But everything’s just fine. Go back to sleep again.

15 Replies to “Nine Months Later And You’re Still Paying the Illegal Water Tax”

  1. This should be a core issue to drive the recall home. Any replacement candidates who tolerate this sort of behavior are non-starters for me.

  2. I say that as this can was kicked down the road, all those that kicked it need to be kicked off of the road themselves.

  3. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice will be in town later this month to seek community input on Portland police use of force as they continue a federal civil rights inquiry to determine if the police bureau engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force.

    The town hall is scheduled for Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Community Center, at 8427 N. Central St.

    The federal department opened a civil rights investigation June 28. During the first week of August, the agency conducted individual interviews with members of the public in three locations in the city.

    The Justice Department is returning to Portland as part of the investigation and invites any individual who has specific and recent information they would like to share about their personal interaction with PPB officers to participate in this town hall meeting,” according to a release from Oregon’s U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall.

    The justice department is working to determine whether there are systemic violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal law by Portland police officers.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/02/us_justice_dept_to_hold_town_f.html

  4. The three dead batteries actually compose one BIG DEAD BATTERY and is actually composed of 3 individual parts. Please reference the above photo and you will see that to the left we have the cathode (Bankhead), in the middle we have the lead-acid solution (Jones) and on the right we have the anode (Mckinley) where the negative ions are forced by the electrical potential to react chemically and give off electrons (oxidation-or in Fullertons case fill in the blank) which then flow up and into the driving circuit and there you have it -the negative power at the source.

  5. We should expect “them” (3 stooges and their handlers including city dept. heads) to push this off till after the recall election. I would hope to see and hear Whitaker (of course not Quirk) raise holly hell about this issue now!

    There seems to be two city’s in Fullerton. One that’s comprised of the citizens, the other that’s comprised of city employees.

  6. as a Fullerton lifer , I’ve had to pay this tax every time I paid my water and trash bill which was always higher than other cities surrounding fullerton. Fullerton city council, for decades, has taken an imperious role towards the populace when in fact this same council should be representing the interests and welfare of our community.

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