Mayor Annise Parker recently said that her administration erred in telling voters that the average drainage fee per household would be about $5.00 a month. In reality the average fee is $8.50 a month. Mayor Parker said that she will put a plan before City Council to bring the average closer to what she originally told voters. She said “‘I understand that it doesn’t matter how many times we said, ‘This is an example; do your own calculation.’ What voters heard was it’s going to be $5. I believe voters should get what they thought they were voting for, but that may be difficult to accomplish.'”
I can understand that people are upset that they aren’t getting what they thought they were voting on, but I find it refreshing that our elected official can not only say to the public that things didn’t go as planned but also to take action to correct the problem. She told the voters something and wants to make sure that she sticks to this, and I have to give her credit for being so honest. She also said that it would have been closer to $5/month if they didn’t exempt schools and churches, which I’m sure was a little bit of a political dig, but as long as she works with City Council to enact her plan, I have no problem with her actions. I just hope that her plan is not to borrow the additional money, which is a possibility.
Mayor Parker also announced that residents in Clear Lake will not have to pay the drainage fee since their water services do not come from Houston. You can read more about that here.