Victoria should beware of street user fees

Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:28 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I noted with interest the Advocate's Dec. 26 article regarding the deplorable conditions of some of Victoria's streets and how to pay for needed repairs. Be warned, citizens of Victoria, that several cities in Texas, including Austin, are now charging "street user fees" added to your utility bill. The city of Corpus Christi is broke and cannot repair or replace its streets, due to past incompetent and corrupt politicians and is set to begin this process. Fees would range from $4-$12 per month for residences and up to thousands of dollars per month for businesses based on traffic studies to and from their businesses. To add insult to injury, they are proposing that residential home owners, upon a majority approval of property owners on a street, agree to pay for 90 percent of street replacement! A rational person would think that street repair is a basis function of city government but no more. I don't live in Victoria, but am alarmed that any city in Texas would resort to this type of overt theft. Be forewarned that this is coming to Victoria unless the city lives within its means. It could easily happen in Victoria.

Gregory C. Chapman, Yorktown



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