City of Compton residents are still fuming over their water bills. It has been a source of many debates and discussions over the rising costs. The recent candidates forum held by the Compton Chamber of Commerce provided a clue as to why the bills are continuing to increase. Candidates were also asked if they supported new taxes and if council stipends should be reduced. [adsenseyu2]
Candidate Richard Alatorre discussed his current water bill is $160 for two people.
Councilwoman Janna Zurita mentioned the increase of development fees, casino revenue has grown to over $2 million per year and franchise fees went up for trash which increased revenue by $1.3 million dollars.
If residents take a look at their water bills, trash fees are included on the bill. As the council has stated, the water portion of your bill has not increased, but if you are paying more for trash, and it comes on the same bill, perhaps that’s why your bill has grown.
Candidates were also asked if the city council stipends should be reduced?
Dr. Willie Jones said he didn’t support stipends for the Finance committee. He doesn’t want to specifiy reducing or eliminating but it’s not an area he supports.
Candidate Richard Alatorre said he doesn’t understand why the council continues to get paid during their month off. Janna Zurita commented that you have to be present at meetings, throughout Los Angeles and it is not a part-time job and council should be compensated for their time. Emma Shariff answered they should be paid for the work they do, but said the stipends should be looked at being reduced.
Next candidates forum is this Saturday, May 30, 2015 in council chambers from 2-4pm.