People on fixed incomes hardly stand a chance in this town against these persistent rate increases granted by our city hall! (Perhaps they are needed to support Utilities annual 6.5% average pay increases for management and staff)? I don't remember having any vote on SDS, for or against, or utility pay hikes, either! Yes, CSU gives excellent service, and the lights turn on, and water flows, etc. But excellent service is customers' rightful expectations and not always to be leveraged by constantly spiraling prices! CSU should do more to lower costs to it's "citizen owners"; all the moreso in these hard economic times.
People on fixed incomes don't stand a chance in this town against these persistent utilities rate increases! Perhaps they are needed to support their annual 6.5% average pay increases for management and staff. "Citizens Utility" my arse....I don't remember having any vote on SDS, for or against!
I sure hope you did not vote for Senor Rivera!
Please say you didn't!
As for the transfer of wealth; well...we all should know by now. Don't you feel it?
"Do we need to be frugal and spend money wisely? Of Course we do. Does that mean keep cutting staff, "do more with less they say" and quite literally take money out of employee’s hands until there is no one left to do the job that Colorado Springs citizens apparently take for granted.
SERIOUSLY, gimmeabreak?? How frustrated do you think others might be?
Try working for a company that has to COMPETE in the marketplace. See how your pay, benefits and retirement would compare to CSU comps; being a MONOPOLY and all. COLA? You're kidding, right? BTW, I do appreciate the great CS and hard work by you and other GRUNTS who keep our lights on and interact with ratepayers. But, you are VERY well compensated for what you do, and if you feel otherwise, go take another job -- if you can find one around here. Don't cry to me about how bad you have it! Geeeezzz
Just wanted to add: on my last budget billing reset Utilities wanted to impose new budget amt that was 16% over my previous 12 month usage -- and I had a $200+ credit for my payoff balance and a $400+ account balance credit. Hows that figure with the previous testimonials? When my PB bottoms out (Sept, Oct, of Nov for me) I plan to drop out of BB, put some more insulation in my attic, and man up to PAYGO like most the people in this town! Utilities customer service cannot explain to me the disparity between Account Balance and Payoff Balance "because of complicated (software)calculations" and Utilities disdains CREDIT balances on Account Balances. Something is not quite right. Worst of all, were it not for the huge pricing increases recently, this thread would be pretty much academic. But when the Utilities get every rate increase they ask for from their "BOARD", the citizen owners are damned if we do and damned if we don't...right Bernie? Case in point: water prices. We need more governors like Sean Page and Doug Bruce!
You cant fight City Hall and you cant fight their BEDPARTNERS either ! Right Bernie? BTW, I will be happy to see you go!
Get your beer here!
Mr. Liston's bill failed, I believe; and hopefully McFayden’s will also!
Since C stores are property of Big Oil, they certainly do have bigger pockets than Ma & Pa’s! In this country, Corporatocracy rules. Sadly it’s proving ever moreso a cold and heartless rule.
Small business is a cornerstone for consumers also. Where else are we to seek competitive pricing? Store clerks would have no interest in assisting relocated purchasers! Nor would many of us (desiring just “package goods”) have any interest in walking thru huge parking lots to pay the (ultimately) higher prices after waiting in line at the Big Supermarkets. Yet the typical politico speak is all about “shopping convenience for the consumer”. In my opinion, this just another instance of Big Business wanting what Steve and others like him have earned thru their own hard work; then influencing lawmakers to see that they get it!
If our incumbents had to pay their own campaign expenses and answer to their own performance in office – rather than cowtowing to all the big whatevers and criticizing others’ political records, this country would no doubt be in much better condition than it is now! I think you are right, Mr. Stewart. Liston and McFayden simply feel that what’s good for D.C. is good for Colorado. And I’m not speaking of We the People.
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