Here's a hot one to get me pilloried as an uncaring lout...
Pay your bill or agree to a payment plan, or seek charitable assistance or any combination of choices.
The gist of this story is that Detroit is so broke it had to file for bankruptcy. The city's water dept. has delinquent accounts totally $90 million - $118 million. Around 40% of its accounts are delinquent
There are a lot, as in many, reasons for this "humanitarian crisis." (as UN officials see it); City is 83% black, 38% below poverty level income, The corruption and mismanagement that forced the bankruptcy was in the water dept. too.
So the city begins an aggressive collection program anchored by delinquent account shut-offs.
The mob roars and scythes are waving. To hell with the Water Dept.'s payment plan choice and charitable assistance - water is a humanitarian right! Turn my water back on!
What is the city supposed to do? It's bankrupt - can't pay its bills. The Water dept. has bond obligations in the $6 BILLION dollar range!
That is just the tip of the iceberg of this stories details and angles. Here is a Google search link - you can pick your own source for more details: Detroit Water Shut-off Controversy
As impossible as it may seem, this is both a black and white issue, and a real world, real people, real poverty gray zone - at the same time. But what it isn't is subterfuge by the Water Dept.
What say you?
Yeah, Ive been following this story and the one fact I never got straight was... why did they have a problem turning off the water after one payment had gone late? Im not condoning torturing folks... Im just saying, in my city, I pay each month or they turn it off. Apparently, not just single fam. dwellings had gone negligent, corporations had. Some bills had gone to court b/c the corp. didn't necessarily own the land anymore etc. but why were they running tabs in this city?
A couple of ladies started a social media outreach and have raised money to pay off a lot of folks' bills. It's gone kinda viral, which is lovely, but again... why did the water co. let it go this far? Unless Im missing something it seems like really bad business to me.
You bring up a good point, and one that was mentioned in several articles - prior to the bankruptcy filing, and, the new guy at the Water Dept. - it was a common practice to just ignore the water bill, both by the people past due, and the responsible parties in the Water Dept.
So it was a jolt when the new guy in town said, "Hey! We're talking almost a $100 million dollars here. You gotta collect these past-due accounts."
I also read about the two ladies you mention.
"... but why were they running tabs in this city? "
What? You expecting a serious answer? Of course it was bad business. That's why Detroit is in the fix it is in now. Bankruptcy baby! The cow ran dry and pappa ran off with the goat.
by pgrundy 9 years ago
Does anyone else think this is getting out of hand? I read yesterday that GM will close 5 more plants and lay off 20,000 more U.S. workers but they need $14 billion to do it. How many jobs could we lose for $28 billion? How many billion do we have to fork over to get them to eliminate ALL the jobs?...
by Cassie Smith 5 years ago
Detroit is planning bankruptcy. Will Obama help?Councilwoman Watson tells Obama to bail it out since they voted for him. Obama hasn't gotten back to her yet but since he is taking credit for bailing out GM it stands to liberal reason that Obama should be expected to bail out Detroit.
by Team Wiseman 5 years ago
So what is next for Detroit since they are filing for bankruptcy?What choices does a city have when they file for bankruptcy?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|