It's double taxation

Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 10:24 p.m.
Why can't the Alachua County school system, Alachua County government, and the city of Gainesville get a reduced rate for all the power consumed?
The main reason is because it gives the city government more funds to spend on their own pet agenda.
If the citizens of Gainesville and Alachua County understood that the only reason for a private utility to exist is to provide a service at a reduced cost that is not competitively available, they would revolt at the double taxation that has been going on for the last 45 years I've lived in Gainesville.
If people realized that the electric rates that these governmental entities pay, plus the 10 percent user fee, is double taxation that raises the school taxes and property taxes we all pay, it might go a long way toward explaining why we have the highest property taxes as a percent of value in the state.
Needless to say, charging the schools undiscounted rates takes money from the school system that is always chronically short of money.
Hooray to Eileen Roy for addressing a subject that no public official has questioned in four decades!
Paul Good, Gainesville

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