Advocate editorial board opinion: City should provide and maintain services to residents

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 13, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

Our city council's challenge is accepting its responsibility to Victoria's residents, keeping all the services viable and working properly.

So when we saw the council's hemming and hawing about checking sewer lines for leakage in the Mayfair Terrace II subdivision, even mandating residents to check their own lines first before any inspection of city lines was done, we were taken aback.

Utilities are paid for by the city's taxpayers, as are other services.

None of those services should have exceptions. For example, your house is red, so we don't do red.

Residents in the subdivision say the problem has been ongoing for three years.

Every time it floods, the floodwater is tainted with sewage.

The evidence certainly is there. And whether the city checks its lines first or the homeowners check their lines first shouldn't matter.

The problem is definitely an environmental problem, and therefore creates a health issue.

The problem should be fixed. And the city should lead in correcting the problem.

Sure, there's a cost factor. And again, we aren't sure the value of the homes should be greater than the value of city services being efficient.

Regardless, the city provides these types of services, and these homes should be treated the same as any home in Victoria.

Simply, provide the service all of us pay for. Do not discriminate.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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