THESE PEOPLE GET PAID TO LOOK OUT FOR THE CITIZENS?
While reviewing requested documents from the City of wildomar one can’t help notice the electric bill for 19 different meters. At an average monthly cost of $25.08 (83.6 cents a day X 30 days) for each meter this totals $476.52 monthly for the meters or an annual cost of $5,797.66 for these 19 meters just for privilege of have electrical service. If they were really necessary this would not be a problem.
Necessary is the problem, with a monthly usage of just under 8 kWh per meter for the month costing right around $1.18 for electricity, this is $26.81 for the electricity used by 19 meters (in the month reviewed) vs. the monthly cost of having the 19 meters at $476.52.
With the meters costing 18 times the cost of the electricity used this leads one to wonder if there is not a better way.
But, why bother, the taxpayers are on the hook for this cost with many of these meters being paid for by County Service Areas (CSA) or Lighting and Landscape Maintenance Districts (L&LMD), the tax that pays for your landscaped common areas. These CSA’s and L&LMD’S for the most part have inflation escalators included allowing government to pass on this cost to the citizen.
These anointed ones that sit on the dias once a month are always pushing the HERO program, to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements which encumbers your property to the local government via your tax bill. There was talk of adding solar panels to city hall, which we don’t own and would necessitate purchasing the building, further indebting a city government that claims it can’t afford citizens without taxing them more.
For approximately $150.00 for each location a solar collector with converter, super capacitor or battery system could be installed to replace each meter currently costing double this amount annually. These savings could then be passed on to the local citizens, wouldn’t that be a novel idea.