Sewer increases inevitable

July 23, 2016

Having spent the last 90 years kicking the can down the road with respect to maintaining and upgrading our sewers, the time has come when we can no longer ignore the issue [Regulators OK utility’s request to raise local sewer rates, July 19, IBJ.com].

As with nearly all issues pertaining to building and maintaining a civilized society, the question is one of “pay now” or “pay later.” We don’t get to “not pay.”

This applies to pre-schools vs. prisons, road maintenance vs. car repairs, cleaning up coal waste and paying for the negative health impacts vs. moving to sustainable energy sources.

Pay now or pay later, but we have gotta pay one way or another.

As it concerns our sewers, “later” has arrived.


Joe Shoemaker

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