- Elliott Stonecipher
Sunday, June 30, 2019 … 12:40 P.M.
After Adrian Perkins’ awful start as mayor, I wrote an article in support of a specific City Council majority which had worked to back-stop him. (SEE article link below.)
Now – this soon – my confidence in our City Council is more than merely shaken.
I am told Mayor Perkins has directed City Hall lawyers – paid by us – to silence all parties, including City Council members, in matters concerning the three class action lawsuits targeting years of systematic overbilling for water-sewer services.
At issue may well be (huge) sums of money thereby owed to local residents and businesses.
Such enforced (and accepted?) silencing of the City Council would mean all elected members of our City’s legislative branch of government are refusing to do precisely that which we most specifically rely on them to do …
… represent OUR interests in City Hall … and especially NOT the interests of any City Hall lawyers.
Since a majority of Council members were not in office during the years at issue, how can members ignore the likelihood that this muzzling is just a continuation of a cover-up extending at least as far back as 2008?
WHY would our elected City Council agree to remain mute, rather than tell constituents every single thing they are able to learn on the subject?
Why would Council members believe they can – in any manner – serve the public interest with such devout absence of transparency?
Might this silence be related to the like refusal of the previous mayor to release water-sewer audits and rate studies … paid for by taxpayers?
Could the work of involved attorneys now “need” to be protected from any public scrutiny?
After all, one of these lawsuits has already been judged in favor of Shreveport commercial water-sewer customers, and I am told the City expects the Court to likewise confirm its liability in the remaining two suits.
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Here is some, at least, of the rest of the story.
Especially if the City is judged liable in all three lawsuits, Shreveport residences and businesses are due varying refund amounts.
Collectively, the City of Shreveport might owe customers as much as $60,000,000. (Yes, some say more.)
As City Hall keeps the rest of us in the dark, Mayor Perkins is said by various sources to be busily working to spend money (we do not have) in other ways, knowingly ignoring utility overbilling dollars owed to residents. He is …
… assembling property for the Cross Bayou “development” ruse, AND
… planning a separate $100-$150 million general obligation bond issue for a laundry list of his very own and favorite projects / ops.
For this city government to deliberately plan – much less attempt – such expenditures with full knowledge that citizens are owed for years of water-sewer overbilling would be beyond merely wrong. Learning what we are, it would be criminal.
Why would the City Council want any part of that?
© 2019 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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