Thursday, October 28, 2010

Phinney Editorial on Bond Issue

Thanks to John Phinney for this Contributed Editorial. WATER. WATER NO WHERE

The above could be true; the bond issue to improve the infrastructure of the water and sewer system of Wilmer, Texas is needed. The pipes are quite old. The section west of Highway 45 should have been replaced in the early 1990s and if not then by at least 2000 to 2002 but it was not. The Mayors and City Councils then did not address that situation as they should have. Now we (the citizens of Wilmer) must do it. In the last 18 months I have seen changes for the better in the city and this Bond Issue, up for Vote on November 2, 2010, can do that. It will provide a new water supply line into the city and will replace the pipes in the city that are breaking from age. I can remember my Grandfather Nelson, he maintained the water and sewer system for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska (110, 000 people at the time), stating that a patch of a leak was fine
but within the year or so it would again leak near the patch. You need new
pipes, technology changes and pipe connections change. If this is not passed, then where will the funds come from to continue to fix the leaks as pipes age and break? I would guess from higher water bills. There would be higher bills for all of Wilmer—East or West of Highway 45. Wilmer is on the way back with new business to increase the tax base and they, as well, will want a sound water supply.

If you want Wilmer to grow and gain respect as a city, where you life, then pass this Bond Issue. If you do not, then why do you live here?

John F. S. Phinney


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Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Phinney should take a better look at the BWR maps. I am for Wilmer growing, but not at the cost of the citizens. Allen Group should pay for their fair share of the lines. Not the citizens paying for their lines, and then the city rebating their taxes too!

Editor Publisher said...

"If you want Wilmer to grow and gain respect as a city, where you life, then pass this Bond Issue. If you do not, then why do you live here?"

John, why would one want the kind of respect for growth procured through tributes to greed and ego (a.k.a. personal ambition)? Among the politically inclined, respect is gained from peers - other mayors, bigger politicians, etc. - who has the most staff, the biggest budget, the shiniest police cars and fire trucks (who pulled the biggest one over on his constituents).
Here in Texas bragging rights are among the prime motivators among politicos and as we all know, appearance (rather than substance) is all that matters.

But in answer to your question - I wanted to live here because it was inexpensive, not particularly prone to escalating property tax rates as in Dallas - it was a place close enough to the city but far away in terms of living in the community. As "the city" replaces "the community" consumerism in local government financially displaces the local culture and the "community" is marginalized and ultimately destroyed. I favor the people in the community over the status and respect for that political subdivision called "the City of Wilmer" and the egomaniacs that call themselves our rulers instead of merely the elected instruments chosen to implement our will.

Anonymous said...

Not particularly prone to escalating tax rates....well hold on are about to see what you left Dallas for! Not only is the water coming, but so is the tax rate to fund the Steele-r's Wheels!