Speak Out: The costs in Piedmont
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Jul 16, 2013 | 1734 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Once again, the leaders of Piedmont have drawn their weapon and shot themselves in the foot. The City Council approved a measure to raise the cost of electrical service on rental houses. As a landlord, I take pride in my properties and keep them in good shape, but this does me no good if renters cannot afford to turn on their utilities.

It’s bad enough that I must compete with the federal regulations (Section 8) for renters; I have had two prospective renters from other towns balk when they found out how much move-in costs would be. They simply cannot afford that much cash up front. The law of unintended consequences will now produce even more abandoned houses in the city, as if we needed more.

Why does it cost only $40 to set up an account in Jacksonville, Gadsden, Anniston or Centre, but Piedmont charges $250? The deposit is two or three  times higher, and if you have decent credit, Alabama Power Co. doesn’t charge a deposit at all. We know that Piedmont’s ability to provide all utilities is a big draw to business and industry (sarcasm), but maybe it’s time to get out of the utilities business.

When the services provided are no longer a benefit to the citizenry, it’s time to end them. Public services should not exist to provide good jobs to a few, they should provide a benefit to the community. Quit mismanaging our utilities and turn the job over to those who can do a better job for us.

Todd Williams

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