An important demonstration to be held at Richmond City Hall at 5:00 p.m on Monday Sept. 24th to protest the city of Richmond’s outrageous minimum water/sewer service charge of $49.40, which is the highest in the nation.

There is a facebook event at: http://www.facebook.com/events/443983688974130/

This is a real burden for every social security grandma and other low income residents to have to pay $592 annually just to be connected to the water supply.

The city utility raises over $30 million annually from this residential water/sewer service charge, and almost half of this, $12 million is, paid directly into the city’s general fund. This is the most regressive means possible to raise general funds for the city– putting an outrageous service charge on the most basic necessity — water. Furthermore, Richmond’s water rate does not promote conservation because the city utility gets more than half of its revenue from the minimum service charge instead of the volume charge.

The All the Saints Theater troop has committed to having music and puppets at this demonstration. At the event Sierra Club will present to City Council a petition with 1300 names protesting this regressive water/sewer service charge.

We would encourage you to make some posters with such slogans as: SERVICE CHARGE is TOO LARGE; ABATE THE RATE; LORDY $49.40 ; Drowning in Base Rate; Sewer rate STINKS. (I’m sure that you can come up with some better slogans!) Also please bring empty plastic gallon water jugs with $49.40 written on them to signify how much residents must pay for the first gallon of water — put a few pieces of gravel on the jug for a good sound effect.

This is not organized by the Wingnut, but is supported as a significant social justice issue affecting people in Richmond.

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