(Parker proposes big water and sewer rate increases, Bradley Olson, ChronBlog, 04/06/10)
Mayor Annise Parker's administration is proposing drastic water and sewer rate increases to shore up a Combined Utility System that has operated with multi-million budget deficits for several years.Go read the entire article for the details, as well as the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Councilmembers worried about "the poor". (read: votes) In all likelihood there's not much Mayor Parker could do. She's been elected Chief Executive Officer of a company who's operations budget has been slashed for several years now so the City could build legacies and cater to special interests, nothing about water & sewer is sexy....until yours goes out, a main breaks, or worse.
Already (in the comments to the story) are the calls to 'privatize the system'. I've a feeling this won't work, but that's going to be the hue and cry anyway.
Until then, good luck to Mayor Parker as she continues the work of fixing the City of Houston finances. She's going to need it. (and, it appears, asbestos underwear)