I have been pushing for what I call "Truth in billing" for water for some time. The Texas Water Statutes require that water and sewer customers be notified at least annually and before any rate increase of all service or capital expenditures not related to water or sewer. This notification must be in writing.
At least half of the park and lake police expense fits into this category. Most of the parks have nothing to do with water. Until this year, the nature center was funded by the water fund. A strong case can be made that overhead expenses and fund transfers such as franchise fees and pilot should be listed separately from other costs. To my knowledge, the city has never supplied this type of notification. Why not?
Isn't it about time the city government told its customers what the water fund is really paying for in detail?