El Mirage Council Proposing to Jack Up Tax Rates, Water, Sewer, and Garbage Rates Again; Protest Planned at City Easter Event

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El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook
El Mirage officials are hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza -- "the greatest Easter event El Mirage has ever seen" -- on March 30 at Bill Gentry Park, 14010 N. El Mirage Road.

As children get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, color eggs, pet ponies, and romp around in a bouncy house, El Mirage residents upset about yet another proposed rate increase for their water, sewer, garbage, and property taxes plan to march in protest.

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Linda Kleiner, an El Mirage resident, posted a comment about the pending protest on the City of El Mirage's Facebook page, right under the Easter event announcement.

City officials apparently yanked it from their page, but we managed to grab a screen shot before it went down. (Posted on the right)

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www.facebook.com/ElMirageAZ

"The mayor and city manager want to do another rate increase in our water. They also voted to explore another increase in our taxes. They plan to have a public hearing on these increases on May 7," Kleiner wrote.

Kleiner explained in her post that protesters "do not intend to ruin the Easter Egg Hunt" but needed to choose an event where many residents were gathered to inform them about the proposed rate hikes.

El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook, responding to a request for comment about the proposed increases, tells New Times that "whatever you may have been told is premature."

"The public notice is not a rate increase," she writes in her e-mail.

Right, it's a notice about a proposed increase.

Mook continues: "Our council needs to support staff as they work to keep the rates low. It is the city's goal and hope there will be no increase in water fees this year, and I am hopeful this will be the case."

No doubt residents -- who have seen rate increase year after year since at least 2004 -- also are hopeful that they won't have to keep shelling out more money for essential city services.

Not that residents would necessarily know about the potential increases the city council is considering since there are only vague references to them on the city council agenda and on the city's website.


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milman6900
milman6900

I love how they censor those who do not agree with them.  Guess we live in a police state in the city.  People you need to wake up and vote all of the incumbents that are with the Mayor out this next election or you will continue to be nickel and dimes to death by the city until it bankrupts you.

milman6900
milman6900

Hey Monica, why don't you ask the poor excuse for a mayor this?  SInce she sold the city out to the Air Force and now the DOD has announced they are bringing 144 aircraft here and not 72 she was told? it puts the 65 and 70 db lines over most of the southern part of El Mirage now (go look at the maps from the EIS study).  Wonder how much she got paid to fall in line?  She just screwed over most of the homeowners in the southern and eastern parts of El Mirage as their home values will fall even more when they will now be under 65 and 70dbz noise lines when they try and sell. Great leadership we have here.  Sell your house now before the new noise contours become the official ones.

Herewegoagain
Herewegoagain

Hey mayor, since Surprise wised up and cancelled the cameras because it cost them over 200K more than it took in, you think you might stop wasting taxpayer money and get rid of them too?  I doubt it.

Herewegoagain
Herewegoagain

Ask the mayor to go back and pull the slides from the water study they posted on the web site and also showed during council meetings showing a 82% increase from 2010-2017.  The rates are already planned.

marcy
marcy

El Mirage needs to disincorporate and let the residents petition to become part of Surprise or Glendale.  The economy of scale puts small towns at a severe disadvantage and you tend to end up with poor management (Mook for example) and high costs.

With that said,  the excuse that you "can't afford to pay more" is not a valid argument for not raising rates.   

StormTrooper
StormTrooper

The mayor is a disgrace & corrupt as well as her council buddies & the corrupt & despicable Mr. Isom.


StormTrooper
StormTrooper

scheister  politicians mayor, council, & dishonest Isom


ReggieVV
ReggieVV

New, more convenient size, less for more money. A tea party heaven.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Using the American hotel industry approach, the residents actually asked to have their rates increased.

sarum
sarum

Good on Linda Kleiner.  I hope she finds other ways to reach out as well.

Tremors1953
Tremors1953

the BIG, BIG question how are they capable of telling the thruth? or even being able to keep their word? how can they predict five years into the future? when will the LIES STOP?

Tremors1953
Tremors1953

 how many of them live in the Pueblo El Mirage, or the Ranchette's?

marcy
marcy

@yourproductsucks 

El Mirage is next door to Youngtown.  Youngtown has a population of 6,255 and has 32 sex offenders listed in a national registry.

El Mirage has a population of 32,322 and has 125 sex offenders.  Youngtown, where old people who support Joe Arpaio live, has a higher percentage of sex offenders than El Mirage.

0.51% of the people who live in Youngtown are listed in the national sex offender registry compared with 0.38% of El Mirage residents.



yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@sarum If there are 400+ legitimate victims of sex crimes in the City of El Mirage in an 18 month period, then yes, there is a much bigger problem in that quaint little town than photo radar, plagiarizing bloggers and tax hikes on trash collection.

sarum
sarum

@yourproductsucks @sarum If in their home nation this is legal acceptable behavior then in their minds they are not deviants.  Just playing devil's advocate here because without investigation none of us knows for sure.  Plenty of people cry rape to avoid responsibility for pregnancy or punishment for getting caught.  Needs investigation.  Some people want best of both worlds (nations) and will use whatever law or "cultural insensitivity" to evade responsibility for their actions.  Holding up 1 or 2 obviously egregious cases does not mean that all of them are equally as heinous.  Needs investigation.  Idk, if one is crime victim & illegal alien then one can stay in US till crime resolved and due process complete, correct?

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