I been getting searches for Utility Tax rebate – I am so glad to know people are on their toes. I’m not the only one around here who is unhappy about the way our city government is running us, stealing from us, enriching themselves personally at our and at our children’s and grandchildren’s expense. Like James Brown would say, “Get up now, get on UP!”
Hey Baby, Utility Rebates are SEXY! You got to shake your money maker right down to the Finance Office and get in that conga line for your dough, Joe. And Josephine, there, by the way. Give it the old Repo Man grab.
Above you can see my grainy photo of my PG&E bill. Unlike my mentor Larry Leigh, I am no photographer. Actually, I am a photographer – Larry is a visual artist. How in the heck does he do this?
I cannot compete with Larry, I’m just trying to show you, they’ve dropped the UT amount from the front of the bill, you have to go in there and get it. All of it. Look at another grainy photo – you can see the little amounts, a few pennies here, a few more pennies there – my May UT added up to almost $5. That’s $60 a year, just PG&E. The city of Chico is like a gang of gypsy pickpockets, just got their hands all over you.
I know, $5 – what a Cheap Ass Juanita is!
Sheesh, how many times do I have to take you out behind the wood shed and feed you a heaping helping of the foul smelling truth? It’s another $5 toward their fucking $48 million pension liability. And we have never, never, gotten around to talking about their unpaid health insurance liability – I saved an article about that a couple of years ago, and it’s sitting in my drafts file with spider webs all over it.
Then this morning, my friend Bob The Troublemaker sent me a note reminding me, they pay interest on the liability. Dammit Bob, I just got my stomach back in there, and you had to come along with that! Just kidding, I really appreciate my friends who poke me in the ass every now and then, make sure I haven’t had a stroke. Bob says there’s 7.5 percent interest on that $48 million, I knew that. It explains the various figures Brian Nakamura has given us on this liability. At one point he projected it into the $60 million range, now I realize, he was talking about the interest. Bob says that’s about another $3.5 million a year. Oh Bob, you are too kind – it’s $3.6 million, I checked.
Yes, as Nakamura has reminded us, if we don’t get cracking paying that off, it will just grow like rabbits, and the next thing you know, the rabbits will have eaten Chico and we will all have to hit the road looking for a new place to live.
My dad used to ask us, “‘We? Who the Hell is ‘We’? You got a mouse in your pocket?” He also liked to say, “you didn’t ask me before you got yourself into this mess, I don’t know what you want from me now.” Don’t think he was unkind – he always said these things with a smile, and then he pitched right in to help us, advising us, “now, your mother doesn’t necessarily need to know about this, ” adding with a stern look, But, if you get yourself into another mess like this, I’ll tell her.”
My dad was no dummy, if he caught anybody in a lie, Oh Boy, that was it. That was not a “Can of Whoop-Ass” situation, that was an immediate cut-off. You never heard the Silent Treatment – loud enough to make you deaf – until you messed with my dad. We watched him cut off old friends over lies and double deals, people he’d come out to California with when he was a kid. All you had to do was admit it and apologize, but some people will never admit when they’ve made a mistake. The city of Chico is holding on to their mistake with both hands, determined to make us pay their way out of it.
You got to GET ON UP and say HELL NO! Now go down there and get your Utility Tax Rebate.