There is an old saying that “timing is everything”. There’s another one that says “there is no such thing as coincidence”.
Last week, you might remember, we were talking about the five year dither by the Morton Grove administration regarding sourcing water from Evanston because of the 100% plus rate increase imposed by Chicago. The question was why was it taking so long to get this deal done and how much higher was the cost going to be because of the apparent delay?
Surprisingly, a few days after our last story, an article appeared in the Evanston Now publication that announced a deal between Morton Grove, Niles and Evanston for supplying water. Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said the agreement; “provides Evanston with additional revenue to fund service and facility improvements, he said, while offering the residents of Morton Grove and Niles lower water rates for years to come. It will yield over a million dollars a year in new net revenue to the city. ”
Back in 2012 Public Works Director, DeMonte, said that the infrastructure build-out to connect to Evanston could run as high as $35 million and he questioned if that would eat up any savings. Now, news reports are that this deal will fund service and facility improvements in Evanston’s infrastructure while providing $1 million additional net revenue into the Evanston treasury. Good deal for Evanston tax payers having your neighbors pay for improvements and then ponying up an additional million dollars a year to boot.
Sometimes it seems that elected officials forget that they are spending other people’s money… taxpayer’s money… your money. This tends to lead to less than best practices regarding the government purse.
Morton Grove News is investigation the cost of village government vs the benefits to Morton Grove residents. We wonder, for example, why there appears to be crony white collar patronage and why the budget line item under “administration” is just under $500,000 this year. We’ll keep digging and report back next week.