Monday, January 8, 2018

Fort Worth's Perplexing High Water Bills & Possible Bypass Ditch Bond Vote

A few days ago we were Anonymously Wondering If J.D. Granger Is Paid Enough To Direct America's Biggest Boondoggle. Judging by the thousands of page views we were not alone in wondering why someone is being paid so much to accomplish so little over such a long time.

Then in the past 24 hours Elsie Hotpepper pointed to a couple of items which are sort of related to wondering how someone can be paid so much to do so little so badly.

In Ever receive a high water bill in Fort Worth that can’t be explained? There is help we learn that some water buyers in Fort Worth have been hit with out of whack water bills.

Reading the article it appears the "help" is rather unhelpful. And there seems to be nothing regarding anyone trying to find out why so many water bills are so erroneous.

The other item Elsie Hotpepper pointed to is also water related, with the information coming from the TRWD website via a PDF about Matters to Come Before a Meeting of the Board of Directors of Tarrant Regional Water District.

One of those matters coming before the TRWD Board is....

Discussion of Potential TRWD Bond election to complete the Trinity
River/Gateway Park Bypass Channel Flood Control Project.

The "bypass channel" is the ditch which has to be dug to go under the three simple bridges being built in slow motion over dry land to connect the Fort Worth mainland to an imaginary island, which requires that ditch to be filled with water to complete the imaginary island illusion.

This discussion about a TRWD Bond election is the first mention we have seen about using such a mechanism to raise funds to pay for what has become America's Biggest Boondoggle. In progressive, democratic locations in America the public is usually allowed to vote for a public works project and its funding mechanism. Such is not the case in the current Fort Worth oligarchical pseudo-dictatorship, also known as the Fort Worth Way of mis-leading a town.

It really is difficult to imagine the TRWD actually putting this ill-fated project to any sort of public vote after boondoggling along for most of this century.

How much is this ditch expected to cost? Has anyone seen an estimate? What is the projected construction timeline for digging such a ditch? Building three simple bridges over dry land has proven to be a lot for Fort Worth to handle. Digging a ditch under those bridges will likely prove even more daunting.

Years ago. Was it 2005? Kay Granger's unqualified son, J.D., was hired as the Executive Director of what he eventually turned into America's Biggest Boondoggle. Many believe J.D. was given this job to motivate his mother to try and secure federal funds to dole out to Fort Worth to pay for this project the town was unable to pay for itself, the way big cities wearing their big city pants do.

Eventually J.D.'s mom came up with about a half billion federal earmark dollars to help keep her son employed until he reaches retirement age.

What is that half billion dollars paying for? Apparently not the ditch, I mean "bypass channel". Does Kay Granger have any other children in need of a job which might give Kay motivation to pork barrel some more federal funds to Fort Worth before the voters wise up and elect someone else to be their congress person?

Regarding the TRWD's defense of its water billing problems there is this paragraph in the Star-Telegram article...

“We want to be fair about this,” said Fran Peterson, the Water Department’s customer relations manager. “You always want your customers to feel that we’re not a monopoly. We want to have a good, respectful relationship. This is a way to show we’re there for them. If there’s a problem, we need to identify the problem.”

The TRWD wants its customers to feel they are not a monopoly? But, the TRWD is a monopoly. And the TRWD acts like a monopoly with no competition. The TRWD imposes upon its customers things like the Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther Island District, also known as America's Biggest Boondoggle, without its customers allowed to vote on whether they want to support this pseudo public works project touted as a much needed economic development flood control scheme, where there has been no flood for well over half a century, due to levees already preventing such from happening.

And with the economic development scheme apparently so un-needed that the scheme is being implemented in ultra-slow motion, with the project executively directed by someone with zero experience managing such a project.

With that person now paid a salary close to $200,000.00 a year, plus benefits, such as a car and an expense account, starting off well over a decade ago with a salary of around $100,000.00 a year, given almost a $10,000.00 a year raise for each year of ongoing incompetent ineptness.

The recent revelation of the high paying salaries paid to multiple employees of the nepotism laden TRWD has appalled a lot of people. How much of the increase in water bills is caused by giving these people raises?

Recently Haltom City water buyers, in a town which purchases its water from the TRWD and then re-sells it to its citizens, have been complaining about their water bill increases.

How many Haltom City water bill payers does it take a year to just pay J.D. Granger his exorbitant salary?

Do other water districts in Texas operate in the TRWD Jersey Mafia Mob-like Gang on the Take Way? Or is this yet one more Tarrant County/Fort Worth anomaly of the sort which makes this part of America operate so differently than the more, well, modern parts of America, what with being the Eminent Domain Abuse Capital of America, along with other accolades of the sort most chambers of commerce hope to avoid?

So perplexing....

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