I would like to point out my opinion on water hikes in Galveston that are expected to go up to 7 percent this year, in 2020, and thereafter. Galveston has already received money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency the last eight years in infrastructure repairs, and also had a bond passed recently to fix water mains and streets. We're talking millions of dollars people.

Last month, my 87-year-old mother's water bill was $117, and we didn't water the grass or use that much water. Anybody who's a senior citizen that's exempt from paying school taxes should have a cap on water increases.

The pipes in Galveston are old cast-iron from the 1900s. This should've been fixed in the last five administrations, but they ignored the problem. Now we have pipes collapsing all over Galveston and you want taxpayers to flip the bill.

Joseph A. Conti



(13) comments

David Smith

Ive got some BAD news for you ...When you become a SENIOR... your taxs ARENT EXEMPT. They are FROZEN at the rate your paying when you turn 65.....or go on disability... yea .. thats right .. keep on paying taxes.. although your no longer working
Might want to spread the word to the younger ones what they have to look forward to.
We wont discuss other ways that dwell on seniors at this time.

Bailey Jones

Take a look at your water bill - it's a lot more than water. There's trash, recycling, sewer, etc. My bill this month was $55. Only $10 of that was water. The 7% rate hike only applies to the water cost portion of your bill. Water is a commodity, and Galveston - being a pile of sand in the ocean - has none. It has to be imported and follows the law of supply and demand. Demand is going up across Texas, and so is the price. And during times of drought the price rises further. But do make sure you're not wasting water through leaks. It's an easy check. Just turn off all the faucets in the house and go look at the meter. Take a photo with your phone. Wait 10 minutes and repeat, and compare the two.

Brian Maxwell

Great advice and absolutely correct.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Brian, quick question: Is not the monthly sewer charge based on the monthly supply water consumption as determined by the meter? I thought that was the explanation for why the sewer charge varied every month?

Brian Maxwell

Correct, but the rate for water has no bearing on sewer costs.

Rusty Schroeder

Brian what ocean is Galveston a part of ? :) :) :) The advice was good, but we're a long ways from an ocean.

Gary Miller

Close the water valve at your meter? Your bill will be unchanged. Property taxes may be frozen for certain seniors but Utility charges are not. Some charges are controlled by a bureaucrat.

Paula Flinn

We also have garbage/trash pick-up only once a week. New residents can get new trash containers free, but can people who have been in their houses for over 10 or 20 years get free ones?

Steve Fouga

I'm about to find out. I just reported mine damaged to the point I can't use it, and am waiting to see if the City repairs or replaces it. I'm hopeful.

Brian Maxwell

If your can is damaged the will replace it with a new can.

George Croix

Just curious about what caused the unusable can damage, since we here in TC get the 'efficiency' of this service starting end of this week?
Trash truck tear it up?
Somebody run over it?
What's the procedure for trash disposal until you get an approved container? Maybe hold the plastic bag, stand at curb, and truck lifts you up and you toss it in....[beam][beam]
We are told any replacement will cost 55 bucks, for the first one.....
It will be more efficient to fork that over rather than have to figure out how else to spend it...[wink][whistling]

George Croix

Well, as one of the old timers, a fact of life I have to deal with is that living longer only rewards me with getting older, not with removal of my physical consumption needs and the obligation to pay for services and products rendered.
I appreciate some 'frozen taxes', and still sometimes get torqued when asked if I want the 'senior discount' at some store or venue, but those are not quite the same as 'routine' consumable goods, products, and services....
Supply and demand, compounded by AND local/state/federal bureaucrat inefficiencies/waste/begging each other for money, and the ever present resistance to anybody being responsible for anything, will ALWAYS be with us, and if we use a consumable, we will pay for it, until they close the lid on the last consumable we'll ever need.
Even then, there's grounds maintenance fees, in perpetuity...[wink]

Paula Flinn

My friend lives alone in La Porte and his water bill is $40 a month, including sewer and garbage pick up twice a week. He washes clothes about 3 times a week and takes a daily shower. He runs the dishwasher at least 4 times a week.

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